Developer Requests - replace 'xfce4-application-menu' with 'mintMenu'

Pasi Lallinaho pasi at
Sun Dec 2 19:02:55 UTC 2012

On 02/12/12 20:47, AG Restringere wrote:
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>     Sorry for the potential double, triple posting...
> Xubuntu Mailing List,
> After reading some comments on this mailing list I decided to do a 
> feasibility experiment by running the Linux Mint "mintMenu" 
> application menu in Xubuntu 12.04 instead of the standard XFCE 
> "xfce4-application-menu" drop down menu.  In my honest opinion the 
> ONLY really innovative thing that Linux Mint has provided is this 
> "mint start" menu design.  Xubuntu does everything else in a far 
> surperior fashion than the Linux Mint XFCE spin and is much higher 
> quality.  This is why I will never ever use the full Linux Mint distro 
> is because Xubuntu provides much higher quality applications and is 
> better integrated with standard Canonical Ubuntu which I think is #1 
> most important aspect of an Ubuntu variant.


> When the "mintMenu" is integrated with Xubuntu it makes for a fast, 
> speedy and incredible user experience.  The mintMenu is a much better 
> way of accessing applications then the "xfce4-application-menu" 
> because it combines a drop down, application search (like xfrun4) and 
> favorites.  If only it could be packaged with the Xubuntu installation 
> at least as an optional panel item I think the mintMenu would make 
> more sense than the drop down.  After using mintMenu Now accessing 
> programs is as simple as hitting the <Control>Super_L key and I can 
> instantly search all of my programs and get to them instantly.  I have 
> never worked this fast before using 'xfce4-application-menu' and 
> 'xfrun4' separately as two different applications.

I can't see mintMenu landing in Xubuntu.

> Alternative to mintMenu is "xfrun4" panel plugin:
> Xubuntu team could create a very beautiful plugin front-end for 
> "xfrun4" that could become the new application menu or it could be 
> merged together.  In this way the user no longer goes to a drop down 
> but hits a hotkey like '<Control>Super_L' that pops open the 'xfrun4' 
> drop down but it is attached to the panel.  The experience would be 
> similar to the mintMenu or the "spotlight" application and file search 
> dialog found on Mac OS.

I can't see the improvement over opening the window in the middle of the 
screen. (Did you know if you press the down arrow in xfrun4 in 12.10, 
you'll get an extended application finder dialog?)

> Site reference 
> Xubuntu:
> Linux Mint XFCE: 
> Mac OS spotlight: 
> Windows 7 Start Menu: 
> Is this feasible or possible?  What are your thoughts, feedback and 
> opinions?


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