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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RE[4]: Why?
by Stock on Thu 17th May 2007 22:04 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Why?"
Stock
Member since:
2005-08-31

7) It's been proven to be a faster method of using a menu. It's late and I can't remember the reference though. By having it at the top of the screen you can just move your mouse upwards without having to target a specific vertical space. Because the mouse is bounded by the screen that small bar becomes, in terms of hand movements needed, a much larger area.

The usability gurus seem to love it but personally I hate it.

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RE[5]: Why?
by dagw on Sat 19th May 2007 10:58 in reply to "RE[4]: Why?"
dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

"Proven" is a bit of a strong word. "Some studies have indicated" would be more accurate. And even those studies show that even if the there is a quantifiable difference, it is really very tiny and largely irrelevant when compared to the time other tasks take. And really if you are that worried about shaving 2/10th of a second off the time to do a task, you'll memorize the keyboard shortcut.

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