Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jul 2007 21:05 UTC
OpenStep, GNUstep "The Etoile project is pleased to announce the release of version 0.2 of the Etoile User Environment for UNIX-like systems. The Etoile project aims to produce a user environment for desktop and small form-factor devices, with tight integration between components. The 0.2 release is primarily targeted at developers interested in a GNUstep-based environment. This release includes improvements to the Camaelon theme engine, providing a clean and modern appearance to GNUstep-based applications. This is combined with the Etoile Menu Server, providing a horizontal menu bar similar to that found in Mac OS, and making this the first Etoile release with enough features in place to be usable on a daily basis." There are screenshots too.
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RE: Hmm
by unoengborg on Sun 29th Jul 2007 15:11 UTC in reply to "Hmm"
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2005-07-06

Yes, a standard for unified menus is very much needed.
My hope is that such a thing gets implemented as a separate application, i.e. a menu manager, that communicated with all apps over a well specified open protocol.

That way it woold be less problems with the not invented here syndrome as a network protocol would be independent of things like toolkits and programming languages.

We would also get yet another way to style our desktops, just like we can do with window managers today. It could also be a good way to ease development of better accecability for handicapped people.

Anyway, its nice to hear that more and more free desktop environmnents think about providing unified menu. The idea behind the unified menu a la MacOS is the the screen edge presents an infinitly large target.
And large targets are esier to hit. This is one of the most tested priciples in usability (Fits law), and it is very strange that it hasn't been more used.

It is also nice to see that they have placed the doc to the side of the screen instead of at the bottom as more and more computers have widescreen displays.

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