Some changes in Ubuntu are really annoying. Switching from esd to pulseaudio was definitely my favorite for 2009.
The window control button change currently running in the 10.04 beta is a canidate for this award in 2010.
Here is a quick and dirty fix in order to allign your controls to the right side of the window using the gconf-editor (note to Windows Users: this is almost as using the Registry Editor):
- launch gconf-editor from a console
- switch the directory tree to apps –> metacity –> general
- find the key named button_layout
- change the value to menu:maximize,minimize,close,
- take a deep breath 🙂