Re: menu fixes

I think its already implemented.

On Sun, 12 Mar 2000, Brennan W Stehling wrote:

> I have been following gnome as it has been improving and have also used
> KDE quite a bit.  I thought up an improvement which will help both of them
> and help new users who have never used X Windows before.
> Basically, when I install Gnome or KDE it gives me a menu system full of
> all kinds of applications.  Most of these I never use and I have to be
> root in order to change this generalized menu.  It is not so bad for me,
> but my brothers who are very new to it hate that they have so many apps to
> choose from while they cannot easily find the ones they want.  I had to
> install and update their menus so it would work for them.
> I thought about this and figured it would be better to change this system
> and allow people to update their entire menu and default the settings of a
> newly created menu based on profiles.  Here is how it would work.
> When applications are installed they would become registered with the
> system.  FreeBSD has their package management system and RPM does much of
> the same.  One problem is that when I install a new app my brothers are
> not aware of it unlesss I tell them, and then I have to tell them exactly
> how to edit it into their menu.  If the new app was registered with a
> menu system a user could look through a virtual application catalog and
> select ones to add to their menu, or to take one off their menu.
> Checkboxes next to each application summary would indicate if they have it
> in their menu not.
> So when a user logs into X Windows for the first time they would be asked
> what kind os user they happen to be: designer, programmer, business,
> games.  Based on that it would turn on or off a series of apps and
> structure the menu to their needs.  After they select their profile they
> can then edit it further to add and remove any app as they like.
> Another matter to this system would be categorization of applications.
> Right now Netscape is placed under Applications in a very general way
> while I want it inside the Internet folder.  I imagine a first run of this
> system would allow for top level categories and a later version could
> allow for sub-categories.
> I would like to create this software myself but I have not programmed
> anything for gnome yet.  I had some C in school but have mainly been doing
> Perl programming for the last two years.
> Perhaps I could act as a project coordinator for any gnome programmers who
> like this idea.  Along the way I am pretty sure I will pick up the trade a
> bit and can start helping along.  I have the development hardware here and
> will give anyone an account that would like to start development.
> The machine is...
> PIII 550
> 4.5 Gig Ultra Wide SCSI (Seagate)
> 20 Gig IDE (Western Digital)
> 64 mb ram
> I am running FreeBSD 3.4-STABLE right now and hope to upgrade to 4.0 in
> a month or so to include the linux threads package.
> Anyone up for this project?
> Brennan Stehling - web developer and sys admin
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