Back in June, Ubuntu Desktop team ran a GNOME Shell extensions poll to figure out the usefulness of some extensions. The poll ended with more than 18,000 responses and gave the team a pretty good idea of what users want. As a result of this feedback, Ubuntu desktop team has made some visible changes that would be welcomed by many users.
So, let’s start telling you about the new changes coming to Ubuntu 17.10 Artful Aardvark release. You can read about other Ubuntu 17.10 features here in brief.
In the survey, more than 12,000 users responded 5 on a scale of 1-5 when they were asked about the usefulness of Dash to Dock. For those who don’t know, Dash to Dock is one of the most popular dock extensions for GNOME Shell.
The new Ubuntu Dock, which is now available and installed by default in Ubuntu 17.10 Daily Builds, is a light fork of Dash to Dock extension. Talking about changes as compared to the original extension, Ubuntu has removed the settings UI. According to Ubuntu, a few of those settings can be accessed in GNOME Control Center.
Another big favorite that emerged from the Ubuntu survey was the usefulness of Top Icons Plus. With the addition of this extension, the system tray icons could find a place in the new top bar.
Another welcome change comes in the form of a new trash icon to the Ubuntu desktop by default. This has been done as it’s very cumbersome to add trash shortcut on the new Ubuntu Dock.
Submitted by: Arnfried Walbrecht