Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2007 21:05 UTC
OpenStep, GNUstep "The Etoile project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.2 of the Etoile User Environment for UNIX-like systems. The Etoile project aims to produce a user environment for desktop and small form-factor devices, with tight integration between components. The 0.2 release is primarily targeted at developers interested in a GNUstep-based environment. This release includes improvements to the Camaelon theme engine, providing a clean and modern appearance to GNUstep-based applications. This is combined with the Etoile Menu Server, providing a horizontal menu bar similar to that found in Mac OS, and making this the first Etoile release with enough features in place to be usable on a daily basis." There are screenshots too.
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by steviant on Sun 29th Jul 2007 06:48 UTC
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It's a good time to be a fan of unified menu bars...

Recently some enterprising Gnome hackers discovered a way to get Gnome (or maybe any Gtk+) apps to use a unified menu bar.

KDE has offered a unified menu bar for years, and shows no signs of wanting to rid themselves of the feature.

Apparently the Etoile project brings unified menu bars to GNUstep.

But sadly I don't believe any one is compatible with any other, in look-and-feel or features.

Could we please see a little standardization, lest we end up with unified menu aficionados having to put up with applications from three desktop environments fighting for the same piece of real estate, and with each wanting to display their own filler menu when they think no tasks are active... yuck.

Please don't let this be a repeat of the "system tray" woes of a few years back.

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