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: Mac-style menu bar
by steve_s on Fri 18th May 2007 10:00 UTC in reply to "Mac-style menu bar"
steve_s
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2006-01-16

When maximized, the Mac-style menu bar works the same as Windows-style.


No it doesn't.

Maximised windows on Windows have their menus offset from the top of the screen. The effect of this is that it is harder to hit a Windows menu than a Mac menu. On a Mac you throw your pointer to the top of the screen and then you're there where the menus are. On Windows with a maximised window you throw your pointer to the top of the screen and then have to go down a bit before you can hit a menu.

The Mac's menu bar is not about conserving screen space, it's about ease of use.

Yes, we have much larger screen resolutions these days, but our windowing software also includes mouse acceleration, which makes it easy to reach the top of the screen.

The best solution that I have seen however was RISC-OS, which used the middle mouse button (on a three button mouse) to pop up application menus.

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