I’m not a Gnome user. But personally, I’ve had just enough whining about the location of the minimize, maximize and close buttons in Lucid. Ordinarily I wouldn’t bother trying to help out Gnome users because Gnome itself is deliberately hamstrung and at the same time grotesquely overweight, but this is something so simple and so straightforward as to make all the whining rather painful.
Open your terminal. Type
gconf-editor and press return. Result:
Skim down to apps > metacity > general. On the right you should see a key entitled, “button_layout”. Right-click and pick “Edit Key…”
Change the contents of the Value box to
:maximize,minimize,close. In essence, you’re moving one single character, a colon from the end to the beginning.
Press OK and your buttons should immediately bounce back to the right.
The settings are stored in the .gconf folder in your home directory, so you can hand-edit them too if you want.
Now can we stop the whining and go back to the important stuff, like saving the world from evil software monopolies and rampant materialism?