Scrollbar Buttons and Why I Miss Windows 95

If you want to scroll up a page at a time in a terminal window (something I want to do most of the time), Linux Mint’s UI developers have made this almost impossible to do. Search for a solution, and you’ll find a number of threads that go back years with several solutions, none of which actually work on the version of Mint I’m running. Numerous helpful idiots chime in on these threads, explaining why I don’t need this feature. If there are this many people looking for the feature, clearly its useful.

Here are just some of the threads dedicated to the scrollbar button issue:

One question I had a hard time finding an answer to was how do you know which theme Mint is currently using. Here’s how:

  1. Click the lower left Menu button (start me up!)
  2. Select Preferences/System Settings
  3. In System Settings under Appearance, click the Themes button
  4. The active theme will have a check mark next to it.

In my case, the theme selected is the Linux Mint theme, which is also the default theme. This conflicts with a lot of the “solutions” in the threads, which suggest the default theme is Mint-X. Unfortunately, setting the theme to Mint-X doesn’t help. The solution is actually (probably in combination with one or more of the suggested fixes in the threads):

  1. Click the lower left Menu button (start me up!)
  2. Select Preferences/System Settings
  3. In System Settings under Appearance, click the Themes button
  4. Looks like this step is no longer needed: Click the Other Settings tab
  5. Change Controls from Mint-X to Adwaita

Windows_Start_Button<rant>Note to user experience professionals: Stop ‘improving’ the Linux user interface. fvwm was the pinnacle of Linux usability, just as Windows 95 was Microsoft’s. Every change you’ve made since then has moved us backward. Stop removing features to make Linux easier for idiots to use. It just makes it harder for people who actually need to get some work done. This is why people keep leaving the mainstream user interfaces in Linux like Gnome and Unity, because you keep making them ever slower and less functional.</rant>

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About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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