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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Usability testing/exceptions
by Noremacam on Thu 17th May 2007 20:12 UTC
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In order to use a global menubar, it must be universal; it would be a sore spot to watch there be some apps continue to put the toolbar in the window instead of using the global toolbar. Will KDE apps know to use the menu bar? If gnome did this, it would have to be incredibly consistant against all the apps that run on it. Nothing will look more unpolished and unprofessional than seeing two menubars on the screen. The only reason I don't use the menubar in kde is because the gnome apps I use(I prefer gaim/pidgin) don't use the global toolbar(last I checked), and they look ugly.

Assuming that problem isn't an issue, you'd have to do usability testing to make sure that that style of menubar is more efficient. It may be more efficient for a mac, but is it for a gnome desktop? Will it help people get work done faster; is it worth the cost in desktop space?

The only problem I see really with it is consistency, and simplicity. It has to "just work" without tweaking to really have any magic behind the idea. I don't wanna watch amarok not honor the global menu bar, for example.

I guess what I'm saying is, I'd honestly like to try it; but I don't want to "fool with it". It has to show a good deal of polish before it'd be something I would consider using it daily. If you can't imagine learning to work with it as "default" why use it at all?

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