Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2007 18:54 UTC
Gnome In the GNOME bugzilla, there is an ongoing discussion about whether or not to include a patch into the default GNOME installation which would enable GNOME to (optionally) have a global application menubar, similar to that of the Mac OS and KDE (in the latter it is optional and off by default). Installation instructions and .deb packages, as well as a 60-page (and counting) discussion of the patch, are available on the UbuntuForums. Read on for a poll on this issue.
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What a stupid idea...
by Rowan Lewis on Thu 17th May 2007 19:47 UTC
Rowan Lewis
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2005-10-13

Having a single menu for multiple programs, while it might make a slight saving of screen space is essentially flawed because it requires the user to switch windows before they can access the other menus.

Think about it this way: two programs open, select some text, use the menu of program A to copy, and the menu of program B to paste.

And on a Mac: two programs open, select some text, use the menu of program A to copy, select program B, use menu of program B to paste.

Yes, this is a very simplified way of looking at it, and sure for some the difference would be unnoticeable (ALT+TAB is the best), but it still doesn't have any obvious advantage other than you always know where the menubar is.

Edit: Not that I think the feature shouldn't be added if people want it, just as people got used to Windows I guess some got used to MacOS.

Edited 2007-05-17 19:49

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