Re: GNOME Menu (was: Re: [Usability]Re: UI Review Suggestions - Panel)

Fair enough, it looks like there is a good case to change the name 
of the GNOME Menu. Main Menu seems the obvious contender, but I'd like 
to think about this for a couple of days to see if I can come up with 
anything better.


"Havoc Pennington" <hp redhat com> wrote:
>Date: Tue, 19 Nov 2002 14:32:07 -0500
>On Tue, Nov 19, 2002 at 05:26:18PM +0000, Eugene O'Connor wrote:
>> Is there a problem with the name GNOME Menu?
>It doesn't mean anything. Red Hat Linux 8.0 doesn't say GNOME anywhere
>outside of About dialogs really, and IMHO that is appropriate from a
>UI standpoint. It doesn't say Red Hat all over the place either. It
>says what things are. The title of the terminal is "Terminal" not
>"GNOME Terminal" or "Red Hat Terminal" (and this is what the HIG
>recommends for titles and menu items).  GNOME has consistently removed
>"GNOME" from most of the UI in favor of more informative labels.
>"Main Menu", "Menu Button", "Applications Menu" would all tell you
>something more useful and less acronym-and-computery than "GNOME
>Menu", just as "CD Player" is a better title than "GNOME-CD"
>> This menu is unique to GNOME (afaik), it's represented by the GNOME
>> icon
>It's not represented by the GNOME icon in Red Hat Linux, and won't be
>with upstream GNOME if you change icon theme.
>Also, the menu contains many non-GNOME features and applications.
>We use an icon of a little red hat, which at least is more directly
>connected to the name of the software the user just purchased, and
>spans all the apps that were included; but honestly I'd prefer
>something that wasn't a red hat if I could think of something decent.
>> ... GNOME Menu seems
>> the best to me. I also think this name is useful from a branding point
>> of view.
>Branding flows naturally from a nice, distinctive product. Then your
>explicit branding just needs to be a little label saying who made it.
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