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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An excellent addition to GNOME
by Dave_K on Thu 17th May 2007 23:03 UTC
Dave_K
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2005-11-16

I'm primarily a Windows user these days, but I have to admit that I much prefer the Mac style single menubar, and miss it when using other operating systems.

It saves screen space, significantly speeds up access to menu items (Fitts' law), and provides a consistent location for menus, increasing muscle memory. It has a few disadvantages, but in my opinion they're very minor compared with the clear benefits.

Overall I think it would be a great addition to GNOME, much more valuable than any number of cosmetic tweaks and eye-candy effects.

I tried the option of a single menubar in KDE, but there were too many non-KDE apps that I needed to run. Having a menubar at the top of the screen, and another in many application windows, just made it a cluttered usability disaster.

Maybe if GNOME supported a single menubar, GNOME apps could be made compatible with the option in KDE. With the single menubar option turned on in either DE, all KDE/GNOME apps would use it. That's the kind of consistency needed to make it a really useful option.

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