What's supposed to replace menus?

Gerhard Magnus magnus at agora.rdrop.com
Wed Mar 14 22:17:27 UTC 2012

On 03/14/2012 12:48 PM, Ric Moore wrote:
> On 03/14/2012 09:45 AM, Chris Green wrote:
>> On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 01:03:10PM +0100, Patrick Asselman wrote:
>>> On Wed, 14 Mar 2012 11:51:55 +0000, Chris Green wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Mar 14, 2012 at 12:40:19AM +0000, Avi Greenbury wrote:
>>>>> Gerhard Magnus wrote:
>>>>>> Is using some customized version of the panel on the left, or else
>>>>>> clicking on the "Dash" button and then typing at least part of the
>>>>>> program name supposed to replace familiar menus like
>>>>> "Applications",
>>>>>> "Places", and "System"?
>>>>> Yep. The thinking is that it's quicker and easier to hit the Windows
>>>>> key then type a few characters and hit enter than to navigate menus.
>>>>> Opinions differ but I definitely find it faster and easier.
>>>> Rather like the command line in fact! :-)
>>>> --
>>>> Chris Green
>>> It's only quicker if you already know what the applications are
>>> called, i.e. if you use them a lot. Application names often have no
>>> relationship whatsoever with the task at hand. So you still need a
>>> menu structure for people who are unfamiliar with the application
>>> names. (Why do you think the Application Launcher was added to OSX
>>> recently, even though Spotlight works fine?).
>> I'm all for having menus (I use xubuntu so still have them).
>> I was rather pointing to the fact that the way Unity works seems to be
>> tending back towards the command line.
> I think it's the precursor to voice commands. Ric

Of course that's what's happening. You are one funny guy, Ric!

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