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== Benefit to Fedora ==
== Benefit to Fedora ==
It's just nice. Having every application's menu bar in the same position is more efficient.
An new option for the Fedora users should be a plus.
Some people will argue that it is a OSX or MAC cloning. Some people will used it for cloning OSX.
However With Fedora's default theme, a Global Menu also looks neat.
== Scope ==
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== User Experience ==
== User Experience ==
Users can choose to use Global Menu or In-window Menu.
If they choose to use Global Menu, application's menu bar will show up in the top panel.
If they choose to use In-Window Menu, menu bar will show up in applications.
== Dependencies ==
== Dependencies ==

Latest revision as of 04:05, 11 October 2008

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