Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Feb 2009 23:15 UTC
Gnome A very, very long time ago I personally advocated the inclusion of a certain feature into GNOME. We set up a poll at OSNews, which resulted in a very, very resounding "yes!" from the OSNews community - many of which are GNOME users. The feature in question was the global application menubar, which allowed the GNOME desktop to have a menu bar atop the screen similar to that of Mac OS X. The poll is long gone, the debate thread in the Bugzilla has died out, and no decision has yet been made. I wanted to know where this feature stands, and how much the developers have improved it, and I was in for a surprise.
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A matter of personal taste
by dvhh on Sat 14th Feb 2009 13:22 UTC
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I am usually use to application centric window rather than document centric window, this approach has been rather successful especially with browser where the tabs has been largely accepted as the standard for modern browser.
A global menu, also mean a change of abstraction for the windows.
One other concern is the integration with different flavour of windows manager. The configuration of most of them allow for a very clean desktop ( without even a placeholder at the top for a global menu ).

At the same time, I think that would be a good fit for the GIMP ( I would prefer an MDI interface, but that's a matter of taste ). As windows are document centric.
But as the most used application remain the internet browser. Application centric window remain the abstraction of choice.

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