Menu editor not working
lproven at gmail.com
Thu Nov 1 11:05:44 UTC 2018
On Thu, 1 Nov 2018 at 03:40, Ralf Mardorf via ubuntu-users
<ubuntu-users at lists.ubuntu.com> wrote:
> Ok, so it belongs to the category "you never know".
I guess so.
A lot of the weird stuff around GNOME 3 and Cinnamon starts to make
sense when you realise 2 things:
a 3D window compositor. JS is a poorly-defined language which is
currently very fashionable. It's interpreted so it is run via a lot of
just-in-time compilers and other speed-up techniques, which is not
good for stable or predictable behaviour.
 it's closely tied into to questionable bits of the modern Linux
ecosystem, such as systemd, Flatpak and so on. This is why you don't
see it on non-Linux free Unixes, and why Cinnamon isn't an option on
Devuan or other systemd-free distros.
> However, editing
> menus based on desktop files, by a menu editor, never was satisfying.
You know what? IMHO, one of the greatest advances in Win95 -- the
original desktop _all_ modern Linux desktops copy -- was the brilliant
idea of having the Start menu defined by a simple directory hierarchy
full of shortcuts (aliases/symlinks).
This of course is the one thing the Linux desktops _didn't_ copy.
All the menu editors I've seen are horrid kludges to get around this fact.
Side note: the current generation of programmers at MS itself don't
appreciate this, which is why it's gone from Win8 onwards.
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