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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Menu bars are a bad idea, wherever they are
by lproven on Mon 16th Feb 2009 16:25 UTC
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I'm surprised nobody here has said what seems obvious to me.

Menu bars are a crutch, only helpful for beginners. There is no need for them as a global tool, at all, anywhere.

Context menus are the most efficient option. Normally wasting no screen space at all, they only appear when summoned.

NeXT's implementation was weird, putting the context menu outside the app window. RISC OS did it best, in the old-style Unix window manager style: press the middle mouse button & you get a menu relevant to what you're doing now, wherever you're pointing. Closer, even by Fitt's law, than the screen edge - context menus require no mouse movement at all.

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