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Month: February 2013

Re: [trinity-users] K menu organization in Trinity

From: "Timothy Pearson" <kb9vqf@...>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2013 13:25:15 -0600
> On Sunday 24 February 2013 07:45:20 Alexandre Couture wrote:
>> Hi everyone!
>> First of all, I would like to say a big thank you to the persons making
>> Trinity possible!
>> In PCLinuxOS, between different window manager and desktop environment,
>> the
>> layout of how apps are classified is very similar, while Trinity has its
>> own apps classification, which is the same as KDE3. Debian also has an
>> apps
>> classification that is common across almost all WM and DE.
>> I have seen somewhere that the next release of TDE will be
>> compliant. Does it means that TDE will adopt this new way of organizing
>> apps? I would like to say that I prefer the new method of organizing the
>> K
>> menu than the one used in TDE. As an example, let's look at these 3 menu
>> sub-levels: System, Utilities and Settings. These categories are almost
>> overlapping in each other and it ends up that something that would be
>> better placed in Settings ends up being in System or in Utilities. For
>> this
>> reason, I prefer to use the KickOff menu instead of the classic menu in
>> Trinity, because I just have to type the name of the program I want to
>> start in the search bar at the top, and it ends up being faster than
>> trying
>> to find where is the program I want to start.
>> Of course, the new way of menu classification is not 100% perfect, but I
>> would say that, in my opinion, has made it a little more simple to use.
>> Would it be a good idea to make an option in the menu configuration
>> program
>> to let the users choose between the Trinity way of organizing the K menu
>> (as in KDE3) and the new way of organizing the K menu (as in KDE4 and
>> all
>> the others DE and WM)?
>> So, what do you think about it?
>> Have a nice day!
>> -Alexandre
> 	I've been watching the responses to this thread, and they seem to be
> avoiding
> response to the original issue.
> 	I also am not a developer, but I wonder if such modifications to the
> look-and-feel of Trinity should be encapsulated, if possible, as an
> additional theme, or in an analogous manner?
> Leslie

My personal opinion is that the new menu structure, regardless of how many
other desktops are using it, goes against the fundamental HCI goals of the
Trinity project by displaying very little information at any given time,
displaying that information in a nondeterministic manner, and requiring
multiple mouse interaction events to launch a program.  Therefore, I
recommend against this suggestion, and politely suggest those wishing to
use a semantic desktop look into using KDE and Gnome Shell.