Linked by David Adams on Tue 14th Feb 2012 17:25 UTC, submitted by Anonymous
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu It looks like a new "locally integrated menu" will make it into Unity, starting with version 5.6.0. There's basically no information about the new locally integrated menubar, except for two bug reports which link to some custom Unity, Compiz, Metacity and Light Themes branches so to see "LIM" in action, I've compiled all these branches and here's the result. The "locally integrated menubar" can be displayed on the panel (for maximized windows) as well as in the window decoration (unmaximized windows). But it's not displayed on both in the same time.
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by UltraZelda64 on Tue 14th Feb 2012 20:07 UTC
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Drop-down menus always suck... I hated them at first sight, and in programs that have switched to them by default (Firefox, Opera), it's the first thing I switch: back to the traditional menu/toolbar style. Of the decent features introduced in, what was it, Windows 7 (or was it Vista? Can't remember... but if Vista, well, I don't think there were any decent features...), that's THE one I did not want everyone to copy. Ubuntu needs to quit listening to their bigshot marketing guys. They don't know shit about user interface design, and "different" is not always better, nor is it a good way to keep people coming back for your product.

Especially if its interface is filled with sucky design elements to begin with. "Different" and "unique" can spell disaster if not done correctly... most desktop environment developers don't seem to get that these days, with their urges to change everything, in an attempt to either please their shareholders or get some warm, fuzzy feeling that they're making a difference in the world by shaking up their GUI needlessly, in an attempt to get more people to go "huh?" and try *their* desktop out of pure curiosity instead of their competition's.

Sorry guys, but the fun won't last long (if at all) before people switch right back to something that, you know, actually lets them get their work done. And comfortably.

Edited 2012-02-14 20:11 UTC

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RE: Bleh...
by fran on Tue 14th Feb 2012 21:58 in reply to "Bleh..."
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have to disagree with you there
Nothing wrong with drop down menues

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RE[2]: Bleh...
by UltraZelda64 on Wed 15th Feb 2012 05:09 in reply to "RE: Bleh..."
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Meh... I would say nothing is wrong with the "ribbon" interface, but I could write an essay on why those damn nested menus suck. But if you like them, hey--have at it. Use them. Enjoy them, however the hell that's possible. It's bad enough they are increasingly becoming the default--as long as they don't become permanent and unchangeable, I guess I can't say too much.

BUT... will Ubuntu allow changing this? Moving the Close/Maximize/Minimize buttons back to the right was a hit-or-miss change; some people were able to do it with little trouble, others had to change the theme entirely for it to work, and still others had to (gasp) f*** around in gconf-editor. This is not GNOME, it's Ubuntu we're talking about, so I don't know how hell-bent they will be at making the interface as hard to change as possible, but I just have a feeling that they've got the same basic mentality as the GNOME guys and it won't be fun.

I don't know what's worse--drop-down menus or hidden menus. I hate them both, but at least with a hidden menu you can hit Alt and have the whole thing pop up, exactly as you expect it. Not so with the Drop-down menus.

Edited 2012-02-15 05:15 UTC

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