"Desktop applications should not attempt to mimic mobile phone apps that were designed to be used by touch — 'hamburger menus' may be a suitable compromise for crammed mobile phones but not for today’s desktop systems with Full HD or 4K screens."

omg this! Stop "improving" my desktop interfaces with these dumb monstrosities.

I didn't even notice that several of my most-used applications didn't have the familiar menu bar enabled by default. After re-enabling them and using them for just a few minutes I realized how much functionality had been lost.

@unicornfarts as a plasma user w/ global menu turned on... OMG yes. Please get rid of the stupid hamburger menus, or at least make them optional!

Traditional menu bars and toolbars work just fine. They might have been useful when the standard desktop resolution was 1024x768 or below, but not now!

Even my beloved Firefox, which still lets you expose the menu bar, won't let you hide the damn menu button.

@halfcutskeleton I didn't even know firefox had my menubar hidden till I read this article. Once I enabled it i immediately noticed how much easier it was to navigate my bookmarks and history.

@unicornfarts My favorite are the "switches", that make sense on a touchscreen UI, because you physically slide the switch from one position to the other position. With a mouse, you just click on it, so it's just a less visually satisfying checkbox. No reason at all to use these things.

@unicornfarts I'm quite satisfied with interfaces which try not to need a menu, and places what few (if any), rarely used remaining actions it has into a hamburger menu. That's what I try to make.

Though on elementary OS it is usually a gear icon.

@alcinnz I'm alright with it from a customization standpoint, But having the menus readily available for a new installation especially ones that also display a command's keyboard-shortcut right along with it are very handy and also offer someone not familiar with the software immediate understanding on how to use the software more efficiently... IMO

@unicornfarts Yeah, if there's a weakness I see in elementary it's that they didn't do a good job communicating these keyboards shortcuts.

Juno's MUCH better at that though! And I'm following suit. They use tooltips, and show window manager shortcuts upon pressing the super key.

@alcinnz I didn't know that about Juno, I'm going to bump Juno up on my "distro-testing priority list" ;)

@unicornfarts

IMHO, talking for pages about ‘Linux interfaces’ issues and avoiding talking about one of the most used (i.e. KDE) that solves all the aforementioned issues is a bit dumb.
It seems that the writer mixed up Linux and (Gnome-XFCE) Ubuntu.

@unicornfarts the ribbon makes sense to me, since it's simply move stuff that was hidden deep in menus to at least have icons that I can see more easily. I also kind of like their approach of simply measuring what buttons are clicked the most often and putting them all on the default ribbon whether or not they're conceptually related.

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