Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Feb 2009 23:15 UTC
Gnome A very, very long time ago I personally advocated the inclusion of a certain feature into GNOME. We set up a poll at OSNews, which resulted in a very, very resounding "yes!" from the OSNews community - many of which are GNOME users. The feature in question was the global application menubar, which allowed the GNOME desktop to have a menu bar atop the screen similar to that of Mac OS X. The poll is long gone, the debate thread in the Bugzilla has died out, and no decision has yet been made. I wanted to know where this feature stands, and how much the developers have improved it, and I was in for a surprise.
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RE: Okay, but...
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 14th Feb 2009 00:46 UTC in reply to "Okay, but..."
Thom_Holwerda
Member since:
2005-06-29

If it were to be included as optional and disabled by default, why the need to include it in the default Gnome distribution at all?


Wider deployment leads to better testing leads to more eyes on the code leads to more developers leading to a solution for non-Gtk+ apps like FF and ooo and to adoption by KDE/Qt/GNUSTEP/etc., finally leading to a cross-platform global menubar.

And people want it.

Edited 2009-02-14 00:46 UTC

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RE[2]: Okay, but...
by hufman on Sat 14th Feb 2009 01:08 in reply to "RE: Okay, but..."
hufman Member since:
2008-10-11

Firefox is a GTK+ app, last I knew.
Also, KDE 3.x has the ability to move the menubar to the top of the screen.

Edited 2009-02-14 01:09 UTC

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RE[3]: Okay, but...
by Xenu on Sat 14th Feb 2009 01:17 in reply to "RE[2]: Okay, but..."
Xenu Member since:
2008-03-02

Firefox is a GTK+ app, last I knew.
Also, KDE 3.x has the ability to move the menubar to the top of the screen.

I understood that Firefox was a XUL --Mozilla's own cross-platform GUI toolkit-- application, and that XUL mimicked GTK+'s look'n'feel on *nix.

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RE[3]: Okay, but...
by segedunum on Sat 14th Feb 2009 17:26 in reply to "RE[2]: Okay, but..."
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Firefox is a GTK+ app, last I knew.

It's not. It's a cross-platform application that uses GTK in a round about-way without the level of integration you would expect from a GTK application. XUL is then hacked on to the top so that it works in just about the same way that it does on other platforms.

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RE[2]: Okay, but...
by orestes on Sat 14th Feb 2009 01:35 in reply to "RE: Okay, but..."
orestes Member since:
2005-07-06

That'll be your sticking point, getting third party apps to code in the hooks to make use of such a cross platform bar. Firefox would be a big one to have on board, especially if they could have some cross platform support to publicize along with it.

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