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Ubuntu 11.04, another annoying “feature”

Yes, I am going to harsh on Ubuntu 11.04 some more.  Even once you have turned off Unity and returned to a classic Gnome desktop, all is not back to “normal”.  Ubuntu 11.04 introduces a really stupid feature know as the “overlay” scrollbar.   Basically, it is a scrollbar tab that replaces the traditional scrollbar found on a windowed item.   It hides when not in use and pops back up into view when the mouse is moved into its area at the edge of the window.   HOW STUPID!  Who really wants to be playing hide and seek with windowing elements on their screen?  Even worse, this “feature” is found by default in all the Ubuntu derivatives also based on 11.04 such as Xubuntu and Linux Mint.   I would encourage the providers of derivatives to NOT accept every new feature that might be foisted upon us by the Ubuntu developers.   Fortunately, there is a way to turn the overlay scrollbar off and return to a normal scrollbar.

  1. Go to a terminal.
  2. sudo to get administrative privs
  3. paste the following into the command line and hit enter (then reboot for the change to take effect)
  • echo "export LIBOVERLAY_SCROLLBAR=0" > /etc/X11/Xsession.d/80overlayscrollbars

I found this great tip here: http://www.webupd8.org/2011/04/how-to-disable-overlay-scrollbars-in.html

Another good article that addresses this issue and others in Ubuntu Unity.

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/blogs/2011/05/03/ubuntu-unity-the-great-divider/

 

 

One Response to “Ubuntu 11.04, another annoying “feature””

  • Thanks for showing me how to get rid of that completely retarded scrollbar.

    The designers of Ubuntu 11.04 user interface must have been high on crack when the were designing it. I hope when they come down off their trip they will return things to normal.









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