Forwarding to the desktop list as these things are best discussed in a
public forum. For the record, I made these changes as there seemed to
be a general consensus on the long CCSM thread that they (or something
similar) would be welcome. Let's see what people think.
-- Andrew Starr-Bochicchio
Ubuntu Developer <https://launchpad.net/~andrewsomething>
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From: Krytarik Raido <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 16, 2012 at 4:35 PM
Subject: Your recent patch of CompizConfig Settings Manager.
To: Andrew Starr-Bochicchio <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I'm one of the maintainers of the Ubuntu community's most popular and
comprehensive guide for troubleshooting Unity. And I've just become
aware of your recent patch of CompizConfig Settings Manager in regard to
showing a warning message upon opening it, and removing the option the
disable - and enable! - the Unity Plugin from the main page.
I'm fine with the first one, a welcome warning to the unexperienced
user, and no negative side-effects, as it can also be disabled; but reg.
the latter, please consider the actual use cases of the Unity Plugin
checkbox on the main page of CCSM:
- Deliberately disabling the Unity Plugin in order to use any other
panel/dock in the Unity session (yes, one should better set up a
separate session for that, but who does that?! - definitely not the same
unexperienced users this patch is aiming to protect).
- Re-enabling the Unity Plugin after being disabled as a matter of
conflict/dependency, for example, the most ubiquitous cause, when trying
to enable the Desktop Cube. These users are then eventually prevented
from being able to easily and transparently re-enable the Unity Plugin!
- Indication if the Unity Plugin is enabled or not; transparency.
Surely, I can easily add a note to our troubleshooting guide that in
case the Unity Plugin is disabled, you first need to click on its button
on the main page of CCSM to be eventually able to re-enable it, but
there are loads of advices strewn all over the Ubuntu Forums and other
places that wouldn't work anymore then.
So considering both the use cases of the checkbox and the to be expected
lack of hints on how to actually check - and change - the state of the
Unity Plugin (at least in the first couple of weeks), this patch
actually wouldn't help unexperienced users, it would achieve the
opposite, virtually hinder them from both using a different panel/dock
and re-enabling the Unity Plugin when disabled as a result of trying to
enable the Desktop Cube - one of the first things a great deal of users
is doing after installing Ubuntu.
Sorry for this wordy message, btw., I'm just trying to make you get this
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