Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Nov 2011 21:31 UTC, submitted by Z_God
KDE Disappointed with KDE 4's performance and other shortcomings, Timothy Pearson continued KDE 3.5 development under the name Trinity. Today the first third major update of the Trinity Desktop Environment is released, providing an alternative upgrade path for KDE users who do not feel comfortable with KDE 4.
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RE[6]: What's going on?
by lemur2 on Thu 3rd Nov 2011 05:54 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: What's going on?"
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"So, I ask you once again, why do you hold this apparent double standard, when the KDE menus are actually easier to use?
Sorry the kick off menu - I don't I think a traditional break out tree such as in BeOS, RISCOS etc is easier than the menu implementation in KDE or Vista or Windows 7. XP is somewhere between the two - an I'm not going to argue XP is how it should be, personally I'd prefer Gnome 3 for example - Oh and I don't think we should stick with that either - innovation is good. "


With Lancelot, there is an option to have the different main menu categories (which are: computer, applications, documents and contacts) appear in the panel as separate, distinct "Start" buttons.

Form there, as I said before:

"Applications category opening menu:

Computer category opening menu:

When you click on an entry in the right-hand column, that colum slides across to the left, and the next lower level of the menu appears in the right-hand column.

If you wish you can change this behaviour so that Lancelot uses more than two columns."

This means that with Lancelot options selected the right way, you can click on the "Applications Start" menu button in the panel, then click on say the "Office" category in the right hand column. A new column showing the Office applications will appear on the right, depending on the way you like it, either as a third column or the existing right column will slide to the left. Either way, you can then click on the desired program, for example on the "document viewer (Okular)" program.

Three clicks in all. Start Applications Menu => Office => Document viewer (Okular).

This is in effect the equivalent of the GNOME 2.x separated menus, which has three separate menu starters for: Applications, Places and System.

Like so:

I can't think of any GUI menu system with as many available programs which can be as clear, as easy to use, and yet require less clicks (or other interaction). You can probably equal this, but it would be hard to beat IMO.

I certainly can't see how this is any better:

or this, for that matter:

Edited 2011-11-03 06:03 UTC

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