Change the position of the Launcher

Bug #821156 reported by Fernando on 2011-08-04
This bug report is a duplicate of:  Bug #668415: Movement of Unity launcher. Edit Remove
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Bug Description

There should be a way to easily put the launcher at any part of the screen - on the bottom, top, left and right.
There is no excuse to force users accept that the launcher at the left side of the screen is better. It is a matter of personal choice.
People are suggesting this on this post in Ubuntu brainstorm:

Fernando (fernandocarvalho1987) wrote :

I wish to put my unity desktop like the sketch in the attachment.

And, the thing that is most important is to be able to unable the auto hide option. It is very annoying to have a bar that hides and appear when you are moving the mouse on the screen.

Fernando (fernandocarvalho1987) wrote :

Usability in Unity is a major issue in Ubuntu.
I think that developers should pay attention to this, because people are complaining.
If Unity can't be ready for prime time use, please let the classic Ubuntu desktop be the default.
See this post at Phoronix to have a better idea of what I'm saying.

Fernando (fernandocarvalho1987) wrote :

People should start paying attention to what they are doing to the Linux desktop.
Even Linus Torvalds is unhappy with the latest modifications of Gnome.
In my opinion, Unity carries the same bad decisions that Gnome developers made.
See this post at The H:

Omer Akram (om26er) wrote :

Thanks for the bug report. This feature has been proposed and rejected due to the reason sepecified in bug 668415

PS: Linus Torvalds is a kernel developer, a power user.

Fernando (fernandocarvalho1987) wrote :

I disagree that a power user don't need a functional desktop to make it's work more productive.

>PS: Linus Torvalds is a kernel developer, a power user.

Does it mean that I shouldn't use unity? imo, this is not a valid argument... Power users also need some love...

Lee (qq510371827) wrote :

I dislike the left sidebar but have to tolerate this because the launcher is unmovable by your initial design. The reason you gave me is:
  1)The integration between the Top Bar, the BFB , the Dash and Launcher.
  2)At the moment it's important that Unity get stabilisation work during the next cycle, and making the main design and code-path solid is the priority. The design team doesn't have time to work on this.

        As for the reason 1, it's your design flaw. The movement of unity is important for us users. There is no reason to fix the location of launcher by design since we can do the movement in OSX and windows. If the movement of launcher will break the integration of BFB,Top Bar,the Dash and other components ,then it must be your design's flaw and you need to improve it. Users just want to partially customize the laucher but the behavior is forbidden since it may break the developer's design,is this something called usability? Who on earth are the real users and on behalf of most of common users? You should to meet with common users' tastes in most cases and do your best to avoid this compromise to break your some other good designs meanwhile. Nevertheless, it's your design's flaws of unmovable unity launcher,don't try to pass the buck to users.

        As for the reason 2, you are right. However,I am willing to wait for your patches in the near future cause i love ubuntu and unity. I'm reluctant to choose other distros or DEs. Unity just needs some improvements rather than radical overhaul for me to live with it.Maybe it will be a proper time to fix the problem after the ubuntu 12.04 LTS released.
Pardon my poor english and humble opinion.

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