Default Desktop Experience for 11.04

Remco remco47 at
Fri Apr 8 18:05:17 UTC 2011

On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 19:38, Patrick Goetz <pgoetz at> wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Apr 2011 08:55:06 Martin Pitt wrote [regarding Unity]:
>> I couldn't have believed it even two months ago still,
>> but today I feel the same. When I switch back to
>> classic GNOME it feels inferior now; I'm particularly
>> missing the super-fast keyboard shortcuts/search/navigation
>> and bigger screen real estate.
> I just got my first hands on look at Unity 2D.  One thing we noticed is that
> the application menus now live in the taskbar?  Is there any way to change
> this?  I'm assuming most developers and power users use point to focus, as
> we do.  Having the menu in the taskbar creates a unique problem for point to
> focus users; namely suppose I have a firefox window with a terminal just
> above the browser.  If I move the mouse up to, say, add a bookmark, the
> mouse pointer passes through the terminal window and focus shifts to the
> terminal before I can ever get to the firefox menu.  I think I can set a
> time delay for point to focus, but this is most inconvenient when I'm
> bouncing back and forth between 2 terminals on the same screen.

At this point, focus follows mouse is not supported. I suggest, to fix
this issue, a menu change delay should be introduced. It works like

You have a Firefox window with a Terminal just above it. As soon as
you move to the terminal window, focus switches to the terminal. But
the menu is still the Firefox menu for 1 second. After the delay, the
menu switches to Terminal.

Additional refinement: the menu switches immediately if you interact
with the terminal window.


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