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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A legacy feature of the mac
by Rcoles on Fri 18th May 2007 01:42 UTC
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The mac interface made great sense when the OS could only really run one thing
and people
tended to open one application and sit in it.
Now desktop environments have far greater
ability to run multiple processes and usage patterns have changed, I'm sure we all "flit" back and forth
between some combination of several browser windows, email, spreadsheets, editors e.t.c.

The second major issue I have with it, is I believe that the future of the desktop environment is multiple monitors or more screen real estate. Only a few years ago dual
screens was a rare and expensive option, now in many offices it is the norm, I also remember when 14 inch screens where common,
The power users who used to work with 2 now have as many as 4 or 5 screens
attached making up their desktop -
Where exactly would/should the menu bar go in this case? In the typical wrap around configuration, having things way up in the upper left or right, means its a long way from easy to access.

A wrap around or large "screen" desktop area is a natural progression of the
desktop metaphor, Its far easier to just turn your head to a 2nd or 3rd screen to scan for important email than to do the Alt-tab dance and
get lost in the 30-40 open activities.

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