Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th May 2007 18:54 UTC
Gnome In the GNOME bugzilla, there is an ongoing discussion about whether or not to include a patch into the default GNOME installation which would enable GNOME to (optionally) have a global application menubar, similar to that of the Mac OS and KDE (in the latter it is optional and off by default). Installation instructions and .deb packages, as well as a 60-page (and counting) discussion of the patch, are available on the UbuntuForums. Read on for a poll on this issue.
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Off by default
by ebassi on Thu 17th May 2007 20:22 UTC
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there is some fundamental error in the "it's off by default, who cares, put it in" argument that I strongly need to point out. features, even off by default (which are the worst ones) are a maintainership burden. they introduce bugs, code changes and different code paths that affect how the applications and libraries behave. this is even worse if the feature must be turned on: it means it won't get proper and widespread testing upon release and that changes in the code might silently break it without the maintainers noticing.

a "off-by-default" feature *never* comes for free; so don't ask for an "off-by-default" feature: either ask for GNOME to have a desktop menu bar or not.

Edited 2007-05-17 20:23

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