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With all the differences between Linux and Windows, this one boggles me the most. Why not agree on a standard? Do they remain different just to be different? Generally this isn't a big problem until you make the mistake of clicking one if you're used to the other.

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Standardization kills innovation. –  Praveen Sripati Sep 26 '11 at 17:19
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The best part about standards is that there are so many to choose among. –  Dan Neely Sep 26 '11 at 18:53
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Ubuntu is agreeing on a standard, it is just not the standard which was set by Windows. Ubuntu is following the GNOME Human Interface Guideline. You can find the part about the placement of the OK and Cancel buttons in section 3.4.2.

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Ubuntu tries to standardise things a bit, which means some buttons get moved around. They coudl standardise with the other button arrangement, but that would mean moving other things around and upset someone else.

They also move the "preferences" menu items in a lot of programs, Firefox for instance, so that it is in more-or-less the same place in more apps.

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The Keep and Discard buttons in Chromium have a purpose. Besides, the standard is OK and Cancel. You'll see these buttons on other Chromium dialogues. Oh, you usually access preferences in Edit > Preferences as opposed to Tools > Options in Windows.

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