Lately the Deskbar has received the new “mini mode”, with the shelf growing to the left from the top right corner of the screen. It replaced the standard Deskbar “mini mode” when the Menu and the Applications Expander were sharing the top row and the Shelf was growing to the bottom in rows.
I find this change very frustrating and kindly ask to revert it.
Firstly, this is not how Deskbar behaved on BeOS. If Haiku sets its goal for R1 as being the as-close-as-possible implementation of BeOS in open source, then Haiku’s components should resemble the BeOS’ ones, except for the obvious bugs. All UI changes and enhancements should be saved for R2, or at least everything that was in BeOS R5 should be also in Haiku. That was the original idea, wasn’t it? Then the mini mode of the Deskbar should behave as it did in BeOS.
Secondly, I am a heavy user of the tabbed interface, and my tabs usually take all the top row more or less up to the Deskbar. Now I have to choose whether I want to see the tabs or the Shelf with notifications which are also important. Besides, the place immediately to the left of the Deskbar is a very convenient place for the volume replicant, which saves me one click for every volume change.
Third of all, the space below the Deskbar is utilized for launchers, not by me but by many Haiku users. I, for example, know how much the Shelf would grow during the typical usage, and I placed the launchers in the way they aren’t covered by the Shelf.
This is how my top-right corner looked before the change:
This is how I use the Deskbar since the days of R4.5, and this, in my opinion, is the best arrangement possibe, while the new “mini mode” is very unconvenient and frustrating. Please at least make the previous “mini mode” an additional option.