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Re: Bug#707851: Soften the the wording recommending menu files: let's do it in Jessie.

On Sun, Jan 05, 2014 at 02:33:20PM -0800, Steve Langasek wrote:
> Furthermore, I think the idea of an application "belonging" to one system or
> the other is misplaced.  The purpose of both the original menu system and
> the freedesktop standard is to give users consistent, menu-driven access to
> the software installed on the computer.  While a given desktop environment
> is going to give precedence to software that is integrated with that desktop
> environment, users should be able to expect that they can access all
> software installed on the system through the GUI, via the appropriate
> submenus.  Telling maintainers to integrate with one of two different menu
> systems does not achieve this.
> So if the Debian menu system is insufficiently expressive to meet our needs,
> we should be giving clear advice for the use of the fdo menu system.

This is backward: the Debian menu system is more expressive than the fdo menu
system and easier to support by window manager by requiring much less software
support (in particular XDG menu requires XML processing).

Debian menu is supported by much more window managers than the XDG menu draft.

I do not believe Debian should favor desktop environment over lightweight 
window managers, especially since Debian users are more likely than other 
to favor use lightweight environments.

Bill. <ballombe@debian.org>

Imagine a large red swirl here. 

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