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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RE: GMB as a concept
by aqd- on Mon 16th Feb 2009 15:57 UTC in reply to "GMB as a concept"
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The state of interfaces in Linux is exactly what Apple's menu bar was designed to prevent: functionality spread over non-standard controls, hidden in contextual (right-click, but on what?) menus, or laid out in multiple rows of cryptically labeled buttons. It's a mess, and it would be naive to think any force of man could corral all the various UI designs into a standardized interface, and frankly the actual menus on systems that disfavor them to begin with probably aren't worth the effort.


That's why I stopped using it myself. In addition to GTK and Qt, we also need patch in Java swing (half-done), wine, fltk, lesstif, etc, etc, and most importantly, the one-menubar-per-app design (rather than per-window), which is impossible IMHO.

It's messy....

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