Some feedback on the new menus.

jorge o. castro jorge at
Tue Dec 14 21:31:07 CST 2004

Now that the new menus are in and I've had a chance to use them for a 
while I thought I'd leave some feedback. I went back and reread the 
original menu thread and tried to see if what was discussed "feels" as 
good as it reads.

- Applications menu

Not many changes here. I'm going to wait see what fleshes out with the 
Add/Remove/Update plans and how that relates to the existing Systems 
Tool menu.

- System menu

Ok, so I take it that everything having to do with package management 
will move under the applications menu in the future, and stuff in that 
menu that are the system-type tools will move over here. My one concern 
is that both the Preferences and System Settings menus are getting quite 
large. Has there been any discussion on how to simplify this?

- Places menu

I saved this one for last because it's the most different.

I don't understand why there's a "Desktop" menu item. If I need to get
to my desktop, I can click the "Show Desktop" thing. If I need to save
something to my desktop, then I'm already in the file chooser and it's
already a built in shortcut. If I'm moving files around then I just drop 
them on the desktop.

I'm /really/ liking the bookmarks from the file chooser replicated here. 
Ever since I moved to the "Ubuntu way" (ie. nothing on the desktop), I 
have been adding shortcuts to my panel for quick access to my mostly 
used directories. Now this does it for me. I like that I can get to them 
even when an app is full screened. Enable me to drag and drop to this 
list of shortcuts and I'd be a happy man.

After using it I'm not sure Recent Documents is a "Place" I would go to. 
  Seems out of place, but I don't know where else I'd put it. Perhaps 
another candidate for "make it an applet and get it out of the menu"?

I think that the Nautilus "Connect to Server" should definately be in 
this menu. It's pretty undiscoverable where it is now, and cumbersome 
get to as opposed to having it on the top menu. I was thinking it'd be 
good right under Network Servers. That way I have Network Servers, when 
I want to browse around the network, and Connect... for when I know 
exactly where I want to go.

As a side note/crack idea, since you're dynamically doing the places 
menu, I was wondering if this could be applied to the system and 
preferences? For example, why show the floppy formatter, printer config, 
and sound config tool if the hardware doesn't exist on the box?



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