Allow to turn the launcher upside-down

Bug #887142 reported by Danillo on 2011-11-07
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Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ayatana Design
Undecided
Unassigned
Unity
Won't Fix
Wishlist
Unassigned
unity (Ubuntu)
Wishlist
Unassigned

Bug Description

When the BFB was sent to the launcher in Oneiric, users lost, among other funcionality (see bug #825146), the top-left hot corner which facilitated to evoke both the dash and the launcher. With the BFB on the upper side of the launcher, despite the advantages of having it on the launcher, it is now harder to reach for because it's not in a corner anymore and it's very close to window buttons and other important applications buttons (e.g. Firefox's back button), so the user is subject to constant accidental opening of the dash or accidental pushing of application/window buttons.

Moving the BFB to the bottom of the launcher would restore it back to a corner, making it comply with Fitt's law again, and would send it away from applications buttons. This could also improve the discovery of the dash button by new users, since the bottom-left corner of the screen is where the "start button" is found in KDE, LXCE and Windows.

However, simply moving the dash button to the bottom-left would cause it to be isolated from the applications launchers and consequently increase mouse travel, so this would be better implemented if the users had the option of turning the launcher position upside-down, i.e. the icons aligned to the bottom and the concertina going towards the top of the screen.

In addition, getting a hot corner back would allow users of applications with sidebars (like Inkscape) who are annoyed by the launcher constantly showing up accidentally to remove the reveal mode from the left without huge mouse-travel penalties.

Changed in unity:
status: New → Incomplete
tags: added: needs-design
Didier Roche (didrocks) on 2011-11-22
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: New → Incomplete
sachit (staticd-growthecommons) wrote :

Hey! This will be very useful!
I volunteer to turn the dash upside down too. I can complete it by december end - early Jan.

sachit (staticd-growthecommons) wrote :

Dash with search bar at bottom left, lens filters at the bottom aligned. so it visually fits in with a hot launch by the bottom right screen corner.

Changed in unity:
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
importance: Undecided → Wishlist
Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

Thank you for your bug report, you should try to focus on describing an issue rather than a solution though, i.e the problem you describe there is that the ubuntu logo is not in the corner and harder to reach due to that. It's a valid concern and there is several bugs open about similar issues, I'm not convinced that having an option to "reverse" the launcher is the right fix for that so I will put that bug as wontfix for Ubuntu. You might want to look for discussions on the topic as well on the unity-design list

Changed in ayatana-design:
status: New → Invalid
Changed in unity:
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
Changed in unity (Ubuntu):
status: Incomplete → Won't Fix
Danillo (danillo) wrote :

Oh, ok, next time I'll do that! Thanks for the attention! Cheers!

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