Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 21st Jul 2009 15:43 UTC
Gnome Quite a little interesting tidbit on Planet GNOME today. As we all know, the default file manager for the GNOME desktop is Nautilus. While there's nothing inherently wrong with it, it does have this odd interface where actually more screen space is dedicated to controls and buttons than to the actual part that matters: your files. As part of Ubuntu's Papercuts project, a fix has been worked on.
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Global menu bar
by unoengborg on Wed 22nd Jul 2009 14:22 UTC
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If they want to save screen space, why not use a global menu bar a la MacOS. It not only save screen space it is also faster to work with (Fitts law).

Right now we have window managers, display managers, session managers in our X11 environments why not add another component a called the menu manager, that applications could ask to present their menus when they are in focus. If the protocol was standardized all applications and toolkits could be made to support it, not just Gnome.

One such menu manager could implement a global menu bar. Separating the menu presentation feature from the applications would also give good opportunities for scripting, and accessability solutions.

Another thing they could do to save screen space could be to hide folders (like hidden files) that is not commonly used by non developers and non sysadmins.

They could also hide the Desktop folder when displaying your home direktory, it doesnt make sense to normal users not familliar with Unix file system hierachi to have their desk locked into their file cabinet.

At the / level, /media /home could be displayed by default, the rest could be displayed as hidden files.
To save even more space and make the interface more navigation friendly, there could be an option to hide folders that you are not allowed to open or drop things into.

With thes changes we would not only get more space for the things we use often, we would also get a less scary environment for the new Linux user.

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