Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Dec 2006 22:24 UTC
Red Hat Red Hat plans to ship the next version of its premium Linux product on February 28, debuting major virtualization technology but missing an earlier deadline by about two months. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 had been scheduled to ship by the end of 2006. However, the company gave itself scheduling wiggle room in September, when Red Hat released the first RHEL 5 beta; a second beta arrived in November.
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RE[3]: screenshots of this beta
by g2devi on Fri 29th Dec 2006 15:46 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: screenshots of this beta"
g2devi
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2005-07-09

Couldn't agree more. I'm not sure who they tested on because:

1) The "Computer" menu doesn't mean anything to me. Why would I look for applications in the computer section? An "Applications" or "Programs" menu is more intuitive. Even the much maligned "Start" button is more obvious (just make sure you place the logout/shutdown button outside of this menu;-]).

2) It doesn't obey Fitt's Law. It's easy to get to the "Computer" menu, but once there, you have to hunt, in two dimensions for what you need to look for. Two dimensional mouse hunting is something frowned upon in the accessibility community.

3) Novell KDE's SLAB solves the "two dimensional hunting" issue a bit better:
http://www.desktoplinux.com/files/article106/sled102-new_menu.jpg
But it still suffers from a number of problems (shared with the GNOME version in some form). For instance, if we're going to have tabs, why not just make them separate menu items (a la GNOME Applications/Places/System) to conform with Fitt's Law and expose the options. And it's not at all obvious how to add something to your favourite's list (I assume it's possible). If it's not possible and it's autogenerated, them the "Favourite's List" can confuse people since items will pop in to or out of that menu and move around in that menu as you use it. Anyone who has had to support windows users who turn on "Personalized menus" has heard the common complaint "It was there yesterday, I swear, but now it's gone." Anyone who has used it know you can't rely on "muscle memory" to quickly find items because they keep moving around.

This isn't to say that the GNOME menu couldn't do with some improvement. The (KDE) SLAB, does have some good ideas, and so does Gimmie ( http://beatnik.infogami.com/Gimmie ). But blindly following what Windows won't help GNOME (or KDE) become more usable or intuitive or easily learned.

Edited 2006-12-29 15:47

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