Recently Miguel de Icaza blogged about version 2 of gnome-main-menu, available from Gnome’s SVN, so I decided to give it a try.
I’m using gnome-main-menu both on my every day environment (Gnome 2.16 from Debian Experimental) and on the Gnome I build from SVN using jhbuild. For the latter I patched gnome-desktop and gnome-panel with the files found in
gnome-main-menu in action
The version I compiled is uglier than the one shown in the previous screenshot (copied from Miguel’s blog) and it’s lacking some features, such as the “Shutdown” button, does someone know why?
I prefer the newer version because it’s more usable but it isn’t perfect. First of all it’s slow, it leaks memory (it’s using 200 MB after some hours!), but I’m sure that these problems will be solved before a stable release.
I like the idea of the “Applications”, “Documents” and “Places” buttons but I don’t like how they look, they make the interface too chaotic. Moreover they are buttons but behave like tabs.
Probably people using a single panel layout prefer to have only the “Computer” button in the panel but I’d like to put the three buttons directly in the panel, as done by Gimmie. Another idea to steal from Gimmie is the use of different border colors for the different sections.
A thing I hate is to have an external window when “More Applications…” is clicked, why not to put the application links directly in the menu? Windows Vista does it when you click on “All Programs”, but it sucks because the menu is long and deeply nested. The normal menus in Gnome do not have these problems so I would like to have them in the main menu, as in the following mockup.
Mockup: Kill the application browser
I like the search box at the top, but it opens the beagle-search window! I want the results in the same window! I want to type “gedit” and press return to open my beloved text editor!
Mockup: Search results in the menu
In gimmie there is a “People” window, would it be possible to have something similar in gnome-main-menu?