FEB
20
2007

Start Menu Blogging

Two days ago Miguel de Icaza blogged about the revised Main Menu of the GNOME desktop in the upcoming SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 Desktop Service Pack 1 and how it and the KDE Kickoff start menu inspired each other. In the update section he adds some very familiar sounding anecdotes: during the usability study done in Germany with amongst others Microsoft Vista Beta 2 we also found that most users don't recognize a "Search" input box at the bottom. And that users have problems to find its shutdown button which really turns off their machine (iirc a video with this was shown at Akademy). So same findings and wondering if Microsoft has done their homework with the Vista start menu.

Today Marco Barisione followed up with a response what he liked about the new Main Menu and what not, adding mockups and wishes how to improve it: among them "no buttons behaving as tabs", the dislike of an external application browser and wanting to have search-results displayed in-place: this sound almost as he wants Main Menu to become more like what Kickoff as of openSUSE 10.2 delivers. :-)