Installing smeg as the default menu editor?

Vincent Trouilliez vincent.trouilliez at
Sat Jul 16 04:32:24 CDT 2005

On Fri, 2005-07-15 at 19:43 -0500, Travis Watkins wrote:
> On 7/15/05, Vincent Trouilliez <vincent.trouilliez at> wrote:
> > The only problem with it, is that it adds yet another
> > icon/entry in the Applications menu.
> What exactly is the problem with this? I'm curious.

To me t's mostly a usability issue. The System Tools menu is already
quite crowdy, and is boufn to become more crowdy over the month, as
Gnome develops more and more GUI system tools. Adding yet another icon
(for SMEG) will only make things worse. The more icons/entries there are
in the menu, the more confusing it is, and the more time it takes to
find what you want in it. The bigger the menu becomes, the less usefull
it become... more is less, less is more. 
Since it does make a lot of sense to edit the menu by right-clicking on
it, because right-click menus always bring object properties options, in
every application, and throughout the desktop, hence people will find it
logical /familiar, then we should welcome this oportunity as a way to
avoid making the system tools menu too busy.
Lastly, still in the usability department... what if a user eidts the
menu and deletes or simply hide, the SMEG entry or it's parent menu ?
How would you then bring SMEG to life to correct your mistakes ? Too
late ! :-/ The system must be more forgiving. If you call it by
righ-click, whatever mistake you make, you are sure to always be able to
open the menu editor to correct your mistakes.
Sure, people in the know will just start SMEG from the command line,
should they lose, but you obviously can't require your grand mum to
figure this out.

No really, Ubuntu should simply leave the menu editor implementation as
it is: right click, no icon, and simply call SMEG instead of the
whatever the current menu is called. Or just rename SMEG to give it the
name of the current editor, this way they won't even have to modify
anything, but simply swap the packages and call it done ! :o)

Please Sébastien, go for it, upload the mod today !! ;o) :o)

Well, take yourt time, since Breezy is too broken now (X keyboard
problem), it looks like I will have to wait for thigns to settle a bit.
I guess I will wait for the next Colony CD to be released (hopefully
soon ? :o), to re-sintall Breezy from scratch.


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