can we have unity move the max/min/close buttons to the right?

When the window is not maximized, Metacity takes control of the window, therefore we can use gconf-editor to force the traditional min/max/close right style buttons.

However, when Compiz takes control (maximized), it's back to Ubuntu style. Any way to make Compiz obey gconf-editor or an option in the Unity plugin?

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No, unity doesn't follow these gconf rules, and in fact there is a different decorator being used (it doesn't draw the window controls in the unity panel).

This is an often requested feature though.

See these questions for more details:

  • I know Compiz and Metacity's differences ;) As stated in Question Thanks for the links though, I'll keep an eye on the current activity!
    – rxu
    May 17, 2011 at 1:09
  • @rxu the real difference is between unity-window-decorator, gtk-window-decorator, and the unity-panel not between compiz and metacity.
    – RolandiXor
    May 17, 2011 at 1:16

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