As you might know, the current /etc/xdg/menus/applications.menu does not
really work well with GNOME, and that's an issue that has been annoying
quite some people.
The most visible issue with it is that all the configuration tools that
we don't want to see there in GNOME appear in the System submenu.
I've been thinking hard about it, and I'm starting to think that the
approaches that are used in KDE and GNOME are too different to keep
only one applications.menu (if someone from Xfce or LXDE wants to step
in to give another point of view, please do so).
Fortunately, there's a simple way to fix this: we can just set the
XDG_MENU_PREFIX environment variable to "gnome-" in GNOME, and fallback
to the upstream structure. Which works much better for GNOME.
But, since everything is not perfect, it's possible that we'll end up in
a situation where the categories in a .desktop file work well for
gnome-applications.menu but not for applications.menu.
Before investing more time in a solution for this, I'd like to hear what
people think we should do.
FWIW, it's my strong opinion that our current way to structure the menu
can only bring us pain in the long term since we'll always have to tweak
Categories in all .desktop files, instead of just using what upstream
delivers us. Which is also a reason why I'd like to use a menu structure
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