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Re: [trinity-users] Kmenu Reasoning Explained part 100,482

From: "David C. Rankin" <drankinatty@...>
Date: Mon, 24 Jan 2011 15:49:07 -0600
On 01/24/2011 03:15 PM, Felix Miata wrote:
>> Office
>>     The top level could just as easily be called 'Document'
> Between the two I think the latter plus an "s" makes more sense. Maybe expand to
> "Documents and Publishing". Home users need documents, but not necessarily office.

I'm searching, unsuccessfully, for a verb that works here or something more
descriptive. Office, Document or Documents are nouns and don't seem to impart
the "create this here" paradigm I'm looking for. I think a word that conveys
this toplevel holds "The core applications you use everyday" would be best.

Maybe we just called it "Drudgery" or "Salt Mine Apps" ;-)

Seriously, maybe:

  Core Applications
  Documents Apps

I'm still searching

>> Edutainment&  Health
> Edutainment & Games probably shouldn't be distinguished.

I agree with the distinction here. If there are going to be 2 toplevels, then I
like the traditional:

   Teaching ( this seems a bit redundant -- maybe 'Teacher Tools' )

   (the normal time killers)

> I think subdividing media into graphics and multi-media is artificial. On
> Windows systems I put VLC, Adobe Reader, IrfanView, ITunes and so forth in a
> "Media" "folder" in "Programs".

It may just me be, but when I think of media on a computer, I think of (the
thing). The disk, the floppy, the cd, etc. I agree that 'Multi-Media' is a
bastardization of a description of an old 286 with a sound card.

I think of 'Graphics' as the manipulation of Bitmap or Vector formats and it
fits well for the apps that do one of the other.

As for multi-media, I have always thought collecting the apps that do
'Audio-Video' together. Including all the burning and ripping and video editing
tools. If we embrace the term 'Media' as the toplevel, then I think

   CD/DVD Tools

has a logical flow.

>> Network (I think Network is a subfolder of Settings, and the Toplevel should be
>> 'Internet' or 'Inet')
> How about just "Connections"? Or, "Sharing"?

I thought about alternatives, but unless you are using minicom or kinternet,
just about everything you do or connect to goes across the LAN or WAN as TCP/IP.
'Internet' or 'Internet & Connectivity' just works well for all the apps like
konqueror web browsing, Firefox, Opera, Tbird, Kopete and the like.

Connections & Sharing makes me think of SMB, NFS, etc.. which I usually find
under 'System/Network'

>> Settings
> I like SUSE's "Personal Settings" to distinguish their many from the many system
> settings.
>> System
>> User-Apps
> Seems like department of redundancy to me.
>>      Lastly, the 'quicklaunch' app
> Similar to Windows quick launch. Certain things everyone needs frequently ought
> to be there, while the main menu needs as many of either "most recently used" or
> most frequently used" as fits without exploding the main menu into a second column.

+1, Thanks Felix :)

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