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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by Kroc on Thu 17th May 2007 20:48 UTC
Kroc
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2005-11-10

It works on Mac because the menu is independent of the application windows. You can invoke application functions, even without an application window open - for example Mail.app can check for new mail without having the interface open. In other operating systems, this is handled through a seperate background process or tray icon.

Trying to tack global menus onto a system where the applications are fundamentally designed around a menu-per-window basis is a flawed approach.

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