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 elanthis on Fri 18th May 2007 03:32 UTC
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A lot of the beauty of Linux is the power of choice. You can pick to run Linux how you want - full blown GUI, CLI only, to build from source, to apt-get your way through the entire lifecycle of a machine. Why not have the choice to have a global menu bar?

You fully have that choice - go apply the patch. The GNOME developers have even more power of choice, however, since it is they who would end up maintaining this patch, putting up with the disgruntled complaints of users who constantly run into all the apps it doesn't work for, etc.

"Linux is about choice" is a horrible phrase. It is NOT about choice. It's about Freedom, as defined by the FSF, and good development practices. The choices you mentioned all relate to getting to decide which software to use - not which features the developers are required to stick in their software to appease you. You have the full power of choice to either apply or not apply the patch for the menubar.

That is as far as your power of choice goes, though. To imply otherwise - to say that developers are required to add features and put up with support nightmares so that you can have an extra toggle box somewhere to switch between two different half-supported menu systems, or else you insult and ridicule them for "taking away" your choice - is the complete antithesis of choice to the developers themselves.

PS I know you weren't being as rude as I'm implying. Most people with your view are a lot less polite about telling developers how to spend their free time, unfortunately.

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