[ubuntu-studio-devel] Graphics Categories

lukefromdc at hushmail.com lukefromdc at hushmail.com
Mon May 11 05:39:32 UTC 2015

Ubuntustudio-menu 0.19 works just fine in MATE. My mate-menus 
package is built with gtk3 like the rest of my MATE install, but
that's not one of my hacked packages so it should also work fine
with regular MATE built with gtk2. No need for custom layout
hackery-but that's NOT true for all DE's as you have noted. I
had plenty of trouble in cairo-dock last Fall and had to resort to
a custom layout file. 

On 5/11/2015 at 12:29 AM, "Len Ovens" <len at ovenwerks.net> wrote:
>On Sun, 10 May 2015, lukefromdc at hushmail.com wrote:
>> One fix for menu item position bugs is to manually set them up in
>> the layout file for the MAIN menu, but this would require a 
>> that replaces, provides, and conflicts with the normal menu 
>> I've done exactly this kind of editing in my own systems at 
>need, but
>> never bothered to pack it up as a debian package due to that 
>> mess.
>That is exactly what we do now. Well ours does not conflict with 
>system menu... there is a spec for overriding the system menu in 
>whole or 
>in part. Our menu package works on xubuntu and KDE... but not 
>stock xfce 
>who refuse a bug fix. Or lxde who use the broken gnome menu spec. 
>works fine with things. The gnome3 classic menu does not do sub 
>menus but 
>dumps them in all together in one level higher creating anew the 
>mess we 
>are trying to avoid. The stock gnome menu file has one line at the 
>that should be at the bottom... unfortunately the one on 
>freedesktop site 
>is the same even though the text indicates it should work as if it 
>was on 
>the bottom. That is the user should be able to override the whole 
>menu. Kde keeps the logout menu item outside of the overridable 
>area which 
>is reasonable.
>Using xubuntu still seems the best thing (what we do now 
>basically) with 
>the least amount of fuss. KDE (like kxstudio) apparently has a bug 
>now that places some of the dialog boxes split down the middle of 
>a two 
>screen system rather than in the middle of one of the monitors.
>(warning... rant)
>Unity... is another ball game. I am beginning to think Unity is so 
>about the "desktop experience" that it does not matter that it 
>whatever software that was the reason for having a computer in the 
>place. Personally, I have a computer for what I can do with the 
>apps, if 
>the desktop doesn't run the apps I want to use, the desktop is 
>(end rant)
>Anyway, Unity doesn't do menus, they have a better plan... if you 
>know the 
>name of the application or it has a good set of categories, a 
>search will find it. I personally had trouble finding search terms 
>side of just listing all apps) that would find applications I knew 
>I had. 
>The new user would have pages and pages of apps (like on android) 
>search through if they wanted to find out what they had. For us on 
>unity a 
>replacement menu would be a must. I suspect it could be done with 
>indicator spec as they use it. I probably need to dl ubuntu 
>vanilla again 
>to play with.
>Looks wise we could take xubuntu (core or full) and just drop our 
>menu/backdrop in plus applications and it would look the same as 
>we have. 
>There are almost no differences over the menu file and artwork. 
>Kubuntu we 
>might want a darker theme, but other wise the same thing. Lubuntu 
>require a small menu tweak... but I am waiting for the new DE 
>based on qt 
>to show up. It may end up being a winner too.
>Len Ovens
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