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KidProQuo

Sam Bristow Auckland, New Zealand
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

I haven't completely forgotten about this mockup. I have spent quite a bit of time refining the design of the menubar and working out how all the bits will work together. I'll try and get them online sometime soon.

The plan at the moment is to get stuck into trying to code this up once my exams are finished in mid-November. - Oct 13 2008
Oxygen-Refit 2 - Orange Version

Full Icon Themes by deviantdark 60 comments

Just curious, did you use a script to change the base colour for all the folders? - Jun 23 2008
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

Yay, 2000 downloads!!

I've decided that I'm going to put up a bounty for the coding of this menu sometime soon.
I'll try to write up a proper specification which takes the feedback into account and post it up here for comment.

Once I've managed to scrape some $$$ together I'll post details of how the bounty will work etc. - Oct 02 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

Thanks for the feedback!

The key theme I tried to follow with this mockup was to not chuck out the good aspects of the old menu system out with the bad bits. You would still be able to browse the menus exactly the way you do now if you wanted, you just have the option of using the search if you want too.

My comment about difficulty finding things in the current menu is coming from two different scenarios.

1) The new user - You've just started using gnome / linux; You want to get started by sending an email off to your friend to rave about how easy your installation went, but you don't know how your particular distro has organised things in the menus(is it under office or internet) , or even what the program you're looking for is called. You could just type 'email' into the search bar and it'd pop up with, say, Thunderbird and Evolution.

2) The advanced user - You've been using Linux for longer than you can remember and your computer has hundreds of apps which you use (some more frequently than others). Instead of having to trawl through the menus to work out where the system has placed that brand spanking program you just installed before you start using it you can just type the name of the program in the search bar and be on you way in seconds.

I realise these aren't the best examples, I'm rather tired at the moment, but hopefully they illustrate where my thinking comes from.

Cheers - Sep 12 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

Thanks for pointing that out Arlanthir. I hae fixed the url for the homepage and I will sort out the green/yellow thing when I get back to my laptop.

I really want toget some coders on board. Hopefully I've inspired enough people that someone can help me get this thing working. - Aug 27 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

I had an attempt at using the SLAB menu when I was on openSUSE. I gave up on it pretty quickly.

Firstly, I thought that moving from the three menu system back to a single menu was a step backwards, and it slowed my workflow down.

Secondly, the fact that if you wanted to use a program not in your favourites or recently used programs list you needed to load a whole new window irritated the hell out of me.

I think what probably reminded you of the SLAB menu in my mock-up was the inclusion of the search bar. Correct? - Aug 26 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

Thank you for the feedback.

There are aspects of the current gnome menu I like too, and I tried not to loose those things I liked just for the sake of being new. That’s one of the problems I saw with other attempts at re-doing the gnome menu (SLAB etc), they seemed to throw out all the wisdom of the past and start from scratch.

I think you make a valid point about the search appearing when you start typing. However, I still kind of like having it visible. What do you think of having a simple tickbox next to the seach bar options (in the menu config. dialog) which just says: ‘hide until I type’. Best of both worlds?

I am currently working on a mock-up of the config. dialog at the moment. I should have it up in a day or two.

As for the whole beagle integration thing… My logic behind including file search in the places menu is this:
everything is a file in linux anyway, including your cd drive etc
The file search option is already in the places menu (bottom item on my system, don’t know if it’s the same in all distros) I’m just incorporating it into the menu itself
The way it is at the moment, I don’t really use file search that much because it’s kind of hidden away in a separate dialog box.

I don’t think a full blown beagle front-end is what’s needed, just a basic file search. - Aug 22 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

Hi Freakcode,
I've sent you a message re: the coding. I look forward to working with you to get this past the mockup stage.
Cheers
- Aug 21 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

I know not everyone uses Ubuntu, I myself was using openSUSE up until about 2 months ago. My point about ubuntu including compiz-fusion was simply to illustrate that desktop environments seem to be moving in that direction.

Nothing in the actual mock-up I've proposed is dependant on having Ubuntu. I only used the Ubuntu logo for the menu as that was what I had on hand when I was doing it.

The only thing this mock-up depends on is the panel, and I think that's fairly standard no matter which flavour of Linux you’re using…. and if you want flashy transparency etc a compositing manager. - Aug 21 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

I currently am of the opinion that the top part of the menu provides enough information as to which aspect you are searching and a separate icon for each menu would just confuse things, but I'm keen to hear other opinions on the matter.

As strange as it sounds, I want more (constructive) critisism of the concepts behind this suggestion. Mainly so we can refine the key ideas before moving forward.

Cheers - Aug 21 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

I know you can theme the menus with GTK, but any integration with compiz etc is a definite afterthought with the current design. Now, for example, Ubuntu 7.10 is going to integrate compiz fusion by default.

In the example here there are 3 themable regions, the thin white border, the black padding and the white content area. If each of these was defined in such a way they compiz could deal with them easily and independently it'd open up a whole bunch of opportunities as far as menu customisation. - Aug 21 2007
Menubar mockup

Various Gnome Stuff by KidProQuo 28 comments

I'm currently working on a css/javascript demo. I don't know python or anything so I'm not able to code a real working version of this. If anyone with relevant coding skills wants to help with this I will try to help as much as possible. - Aug 20 2007