To say that finding the method for changing the location of window decorations on Linux is 'hit and miss' is an understatement. It seems with every different version of every different window manager there is a 'new,better' way of doing it.
Here are some of them I've found (example of changing to the left side ):
- gsettings set org.gnome.desktop.wm.preferences button-layout "close,minimize,maximize:menu"
- gsettings set org.gnome.shell.overrides button-layout "close,minimize,maximize:menu"
- Google Chrome (Linux)
- gconftool-2 --set /apps/metacity/general/button_layout --type string "close,minimize,maximize:menu"
- Right-mouse-click on the blank tab area in Chrome and select 'Use system title bar and borders'. Latest versions of Chrome look better than they use to, with this option ticked - try it.