Quote Originally Posted by allquixotic View Post
For me, having used a combination of Gnome 1, Gnome 2, and Windows for most of my life, the global menus are more or less a dealbreaker. I've done global menus on the Mac, but they seem to handle them a lot more intuitively there -- I dunno, it just wasn't as much of a PITA on Mac. Maybe because they have proper support for easily switching between windows (the dock at the bottom).

I just can't get used to it. I hate global menus. I didn't particularly care for them on Mac, but they're terrible on Unity.
To me, back in the 80's/90's the menus following the windows were less useful on the desktop (and made much less sense) with small/low resolution (800x600 and 1024x768) monitors back in the olden days when every app was typically maximized in spite of being in a windowing desktop environment. You had to maximize them just to be able to see more than a sliver of the document and then flip back and forth because you couldn't afford the expensive and complicated/buggy setup of a second monitor back then when dinosaurs roamed the earth. I truly fail to see why global menus seem to pick up steam on the modern desktop at the precise moment they are obsolete on the modern desktop?

I haven't tried Unity yet as I couldn't get it to boot a couple of months ago, but my experience on a buddie's Mac when I was helping out on something real quick was with with lots of windows open, spread across multiple monitors. Now I have to move my mouse across two monitors to get to the app menu? Are you kidding me? Not very intuitive, and very user unfriendly. The Mac UI needs some modernisation to be sure, and dropping global menus should be the first thing done to get it into the 2000's... I don't see why Unity would pick up such a backwards "FF" (Fossilized Feature).

I don't have those problems on KDE which is much friendlier/easier to use on the desktop with 2 1900x1200 monitors, and then when on my Netbook, it uses global menus where it makes sense, and makes the UI easier to use, not harder. Everything has been quite intuitive with Kubuntu in both desktop and netbook mode. Crap on KDE just works the way I expect it to or better these days, which is saying a lot considering the disaster that was 4.0. 10.10's Unity hasn't impressed me on the netbook as much as KDE did. I'm increasingly satisfied with each new release of KDE on normal desktop machines with 4GB ram and decent graphics, so I'll probably stay with it for a while.