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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global nav
by richmassena on Fri 18th May 2007 03:12 UTC
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It's odd to see this when just yesterday I was reaching to the top of the screen in Ubuntu for the global menu bar that wasn't there. It certainly would be nice to see this as an option.

I find related aspects of window management on OSX distracting. Here are two things that I think should be fixed. It's really easy to click on the background and end up in the "finder's" menu and not realize it. I see long-time Mac users make this mistake. It would be great to have some indication of what the menu's owner is on the toolbar (other than the list of menu items). My memory is fuzzy, but I seem to remember an application icon on the finder toolbar in MacOS classic. That might be enough.

The other thing, which isn't so easy to fix by the very nature of a global nav bar is the extensive amount of distance you have to move the mouse to reach the global menu when your application window isn't maximized. Using accelerator keys could mitigate this some. How crazy is it to suggest the option of a global navigation bar for the focused window and a menu bar at the top of each window?

On a semi-related note, I'm now enamoured of xmonad, and would like to eschew manual window management altogether. I think a global menu bar would work really well in that situation, for myself anyway.

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RE: global nav
by rayiner on Fri 18th May 2007 03:39 in reply to "global nav"
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It would be great to have some indication of what the menu's owner is on the toolbar (other than the list of menu items).

In OS X, each menubar has (in bold) the name of the application as the first menu entry (it serves to collect generic application-related menu items).

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RE[2]: global nav
by richmassena on Fri 18th May 2007 03:54 in reply to "RE: global nav"
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I was mistaken.

I'd like I suggest an application icon anyway. It might nudge the less observant (e.g. myself in this situation) into noticing that they've accidentally clicked the desktop or another window.

The main reason I bring this up is that when the application toolbar is at the top of the window exclusively, you end up giving focus to the window when clicking the menu. I think the lack of this functionality is a real shortcoming of global navigation in general, and I'd like to see a much more well-thought-out solution than my idea of adding an indicator icon and an application name to the global menu.

Edited 2007-05-18 03:55

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