Ubuntu’s new Overlay scrollbars for Natty

Ubuntu 11.04 continues with the surprises as Mark Shuttleworth and Ubuntu design team unveil ‘overlay scrollbar’s.

When is a scrollbar not a scrollbar? When it’s in Ubuntu 11.04, it seems.

New ‘overlay’ scrollbars – minimal scrollbars with scrubbers that only appear on mouse-over – are set to land in Ubuntu 11.04. Although Mark does state he’s not sure just how ‘heavily’ the feature will be used by default.

Below is a video from Ubuntu Desktop Experience team’s Andrea “Cimi” Cimitan whose hard work has turned the feature from mock-up to GTK+ implementation.

“We took inspiration from mobile devices, and started exploring the idea of making scrollbars be more symbolic, and less physical.”

Head over to Mark Shuttleworth’s blog for more background on the feature and a further video from Ubuntu’s Christian Giordano.


As with most things in development Natty users can already try the scrollbars out using the ~ayatana-scrollbar-team PPA.

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