The main reason task buttons and menus are located at the corners is because those places are very easy to predict, and therefore access with a single movement of the mouse. This is especially important when using badly configured, damaged or completely broken displays.
I think your view is perfectly valid and I'm happy that most Linux desktop environments are flexible to enough to cater to people's personal preference. Mine is for little mouse movement, others prefer accessibility or familiarity.
Unity especially was just so darn efficient. I never understood why people gave it so much flak.
I am not a tremendous fan of their current desktop though.
Familiarity is definitely the deciding factor for where my window buttons are. If I put them on the right I would constantly start my mouse in the wrong direction on my Mac and Zorin when I switch back and forth lol.
Let her have her own style. Nothing wrong with that.
Some are also too vibrant for my taste, too. Some are just right (I am using Prowler2021 currently). I also have multiple copies of several of them... The public ones you see but I have private versions of the public ones that are much more toned down and tame that I use for myself.
Me too, but when it comes to productivity that's a good thing!
I rarely customize my system and only very lightly for those little things that bother me the most. Learning the defaults is key to get up and running in any environment. Even in programs like vim or tmux, that people like to customize heavily, I try to stick with the default keybindings and settings so that things.
Tumbleweed or Leap?
Opensuse is probably my favorite behind Ubuntu. If some software I used worked on Opensuse I would be very tempted to use it. The gap has closed some from where it was but at one time YaST was miles ahead of everything else.
As far as dark themes go I like both of these a lot
I tried Leap for a little while and then moved on to Tumbleweed to give a rolling distribution a try. So far it's been great, although I have barely used Yast; not sure why every review video and blog post insists on talking so much about it. I'm sure it used to be a great tool back in the day, but to me it just feels very much dated, slow and clunky.
The best part is the automatic snapshots on every update. I had to use this twice already and it's amazingly quick and easy.
Thanks for the Otis theme, it's been on my radar along with Gruvbox for a while. I'm thinking I'll try to use that theme when I do a fresh install, which probably will be with the release of ZorinOS 17.