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Simplify Menus (More like Debian/Ubuntu)

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I am always shocked at how sloppy the menus are in not only openSUSE, but Mandriva, etc. 

Most of them have the structure of Applications -> Internet -> Browsers -> Firefox

If there is ONE entry under browswers, why have a sub menu?  That's one more bit of waiting you have to do for the sub menu to open.

Debian and Ubuntu both have it set up as Applications -> Internet -> Firefox.  Makes far more sense that way.  Now what would be nice is a programmatical way to have the menus create a sub menu if (and only if) the full menu starts to get too full, or there are at least 5 of an application 'type'.  This obviously would require some things beyond just the distributions though, and instead would require some alterations to the freedesktop spec for creating menu entries. 

I do feel that this would help with some major frustrations of users who are thinking of switching.  I seriously would have stayed with using openSUSE except for this issue (and the billion different repositories that are out there.)


This is done for GNOME for openSUSE 11.4 but not yet for KDE.


icons/user_comment.png S. B. wrote: (8 years ago)

You must be talking about GNOME as the KDE desktops to that on [open]SUSE for ages. And it's also supposed to change for GNOME in openSUSE 11.2 (https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=529057 ).

icons/user_comment.png R. U. wrote: (8 years ago)

I want to support this fate. Here my case study:

Recently I wanted to change default avi-viewer. I got the menu structure to select my new default viewer. I wanted to choose vlc. It is hidden under: menu/apps/multimedia/audio

For I had forgotten vlc to also be an audio-app I didn't find it. (I entered "/usr/bin/vlc" - but I do not expect normal users to get such an idea)

icons/user_comment.png R. U. wrote: (8 years ago)

In regard of Kde4 :

As nowadays users start there apps using favorites or ALT+f2

I vote for a more flat menu structure!

icons/user_comment.png T. S. wrote: (7 years ago)

This would be nice, the menu in opensuse has too many levels.

icons/user_comment.png O. R. wrote: (7 years ago)

Applies to KDE Kickoff as well, really frustrating and unnecesary. Reducing menu levels universall6y by one would be the best.

icons/user_comment.png V. U. wrote: (7 years ago)

This is fixed in GNOME now in 11.4. We use another structure than the KDE one since we were unhappy for exactly this reason.

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