I’m either getting old or getting young, because it takes more concentration than I can afford to wade through this semi-interesting novella about the Ubuntu design meisters taking an axe to the “quit” function.
I really only have one thing to say in reply: Quit means quit. One thing that always irritated me about Windows programs over the years was that some of them seemed to hang in memory until forcibly removed.
Even Skype, which I use only rarely, drives me batty because clicking the giant X in a box in the upper right corner, which on most planets means “Your work here is through,” only causes it to sink into the system tray.
If I actually want to rid the running system of it, I have to use the even more brutal right-click-quit-and-confirm command. Rubbish.
Quit means quit, and if the logic behind removing quit functions is to keep programs running silently in the background, count me out.
When I say stop, I mean stop. When I say close, I mean close. When I say quit, I mean quit — with extreme prejudice.
Furthermore this is not a new perspective for me. I hated it when AT-style hard-switch power systems, circa 1998, made the move to power systems that required you to hold down the button for the system to turn itself off.
There was never anything quite so satisfying as hearing the snap and click of an old-style power switch, viciously and unequivocally severing the system from its power source, in the space of an instant.
I want the same behavior from programs. Quit means quit, and chances are I’ll seek out applications that follow that rule.
Of course, most of the computers I use couldn’t run Ubuntu if their temporal existences depended on it, so the chance that a quitless program and I might cross paths … well, it’s pretty slim.
In closing I’ll say that it’s altogether possible that I completely misunderstood the point of that missive. It was quite long, you see. And while that’s sometimes a sign of a well thought-out argument, this time it only meant more words to string through my brain.
And in the end, for me, the issue is simple: Quit means quit. That is all.