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[openFATE 307488] Simplify Menus (More like Debian/Ubuntu)
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  • Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2010 02:34:15 +0200 (CEST)
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Feature changed by: Otso Rajala (daedaluz)
Feature #307488, revision 7
Title: Simplify Menus (More like Debian/Ubuntu)

openSUSE-11.3: Unconfirmed
Requester: Important

openSUSE-11.4: Unconfirmed
Requester: Desirable

Requested by: Jason Fergus (jfergus)

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.)

#1: Stephan Binner (beineri) (2009-08-23 15:21:50)
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 (

#2: Ralph Ulrich (ulenrich) (2009-08-23 15:51:00)
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)

#3: Ralph Ulrich (ulenrich) (2009-08-23 15:56:08) (reply to #2)
In regard of Kde4 :
As nowadays users start there apps using favorites or ALT+f2
I vote for a more flat menu structure!

#4: Thiago Sayao (sayao) (2010-06-22 13:28:54)
This would be nice, the menu in opensuse has too many levels.

+ #5: Otso Rajala (daedaluz) (2010-08-16 02:34:02)
+ Applies to KDE Kickoff as well, really frustrating and unnecesary.
+ Reducing menu levels universall6y by one would be the best.

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