Make. It. Simple. Linux Desktop Usability — Part 1

Dec 7, 2017 · 9 min read


File, Edit,… menus circa 1980 in the Lisa’s user interface. Source: Wikimedia
Ribbon instead of menus. Source: Wikimedia
Google Chrome web browser using an unrecognizable icon instead of a menu bar. Source: Twitter
Firefox web browser a similar concept instead of a menu bar
GNOME 3 in Ubuntu 17.04 hiding what used to be the menu in a “hamburger menu”
Text editor in elementary OS 0.3
Xerox Star user interface (1981). Source: GUI Gallery
Hamburger menu in XEROX Star GUI

Menu shortcuts

GNOME 3 in Ubuntu 17.04 missing the “Edit” menu and all shortcuts
Edit menu in XFCE on Xubuntu 16.04

The global menu bar

Early prototypes of the Lisa GUI, around 1980. Source: License: Fair Use of a historic artefact
The global menu bar consists of only one menu with just 6 items in GNOME 3 on Ubuntu 17.10
Clock at the center of the global menu bar, 2017
Apple logo at the center of the gobal menu bar, around 2000, in a beta of Mac OS X. Source: Wikimedia
XFCE bar at the top of the screen in Xubuntu 16.04
Windows 95 task bar and start menu. License: Fair use
Source: Twitter

Search in menus

Typing in a topic will show the relevant menu items since Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard
Plotinus. Source: GitHub
No global menu in Firefox 57 even when if explicitly enabled in Ubuntu MATE 17.10

Thanks to pdfkungfoo


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