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Global Menu


Provide a choice for using a global menu in GNOME. This is a minor step toward a Document Centric GNOME, which is the default desktop environment of Fedora. The major competititors (Windows and OSX) has already moved and is moving toward document centric environments.

As 'The Fedora Project is out front for you, leading the advancement of free, open software and content.', we should catch up the trend before we are left behind by propriate softwares again, if it is possible.

Below is a screenshot of a Fedora 8 Default theme with global menu enabled. Features GlobalMenu Screenshot.png


  • Name: YuFeng

Current status

  • Targeted release:
  • Last updated: March, 4th, 2008
  • Percentage of completion: 50%

Detailed Description

Provide a choice for using a Global Menu in GNOME.

This is the screenshot of the wasted top panel in a default Fedora Setup. Top Panel is the most feasible place for users to look for common tasks, eg, the menu of current windows.

Features GlobalMenu WastedTopPanel.png

The wasted top panel in Fedora is dull. one possible way to make use of it is to add a lot of launchers and CPU/thermal monitors; the other way is to use Global Menu.

Benefit to Fedora

An new option for the Fedora users should be a plus.


Every GTK application can takes the advantages of the Global Menu without any changes in either GTK or the application itself.

Test Plan


User Experience



gnome-globalmenu gnome-globalmenu-devel gnome-globalmenu-libs gnome-globalmenu-applet

Contingency Plan

Don't accept it.



Release Notes


Comments and Discussion

See Talk:Features/GlobalMenu