On windows XP, I am running winamp, 6 file manager windows, word, firefox -3 tabs, Iron chrome 2 tabs in the taskbar. I am working in between these windows. I am happy to see they are minimized. I also have virtual desktop but only use it for NSFW stuff and that's all.
I don't understand how "saving state" and "maximize or kill" type of thinking makes someone more productive. I thought computers were about being multitasking and not about doing 1 thing at a time until you get bored with the machine and look at your girlfriend.
I like changes, be it HUD from gnome or some design change like some os x is bringing on the table. But assuming all personal computers to be like tablet or mobile phone and restricting users to limited options is not cool.
- Removing global application menu(HUD in ubuntu)- bad idea.
- Removing minimize button - bad idea.
- Not allowing folders on desktop - bad idea.
- Keeping only wallpaper and dock on screen along with always maximized apps - bad idea (not only from casual usage but also from nsfw angle)
- Removing scrollbar vertical from the distro - bad idea.
- Assuming Developers knows best - Priceless, bad idea of the millennium.
Some of the linux developers should rename themselves as priests who do over-the-head generalizations. This is one more reason to have windows or mac as an alternate machine to save your brain from such obsessive madness.