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 lindkvis on Mon 21st May 2007 09:03 UTC in reply to "comments"
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"As a closing remark, I think the poll on this article is silly. I'd vote NO because, while I'm not against the feature, I'm against having it as an option. It makes no sense as an option. To get the OS X experience out of this, you have to actually design the desktop and your apps to fit in with it. Either do it and do it 100%, or don't do it at all. Adding an option to switch between two different half-working designs is entirely pointless."

Bravo. This is one of the few comments in this discussion that makes any sense. I personally much prefer the global menu bar approach, but it really is pointless trying to incorporate it until we have something that
1) Is universal (works with all the important apps).
2) Is a solid design and solid implementation

Even then, I can never see this being incorporated as an option. It just adds lots of Q&A and lots of hassle. And changing the behaviour without an option would just piss off too many users.

I think we have to realise, that BOTH approaches are probably soon going to be replaced and we'd better look into the next thing rather than argue about which one of these legacy approaches is better.

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