Philosophy of minimal disturbance of existing users

Mike Conley mconley at
Mon Sep 17 13:39:31 UTC 2012


On Ubuntu, things behave a little differently, menu-wise.

When installing Thunderbird from Ubuntu's package repository, several 
add-ons are also installed to make Thunderbird integrate more deeply 
with Unity. One of those add-ons is called "Global Menu Bar integration".

That add-on hides the Thunderbird menubar, and clones it into Unity's 
"global" menubar.

Note again that you'll only have this add-on installed by default if you 
downloaded Thunderbird from Ubuntu's package repository.

When that add-on is enabled, the key-binding to reveal the menu is F10 
(which opens the File menu, as is typical with other applications in 


On 17/09/2012 5:00 AM, Gervase Markham wrote:
> On 14/09/12 20:13, Axel wrote:
>>> That forces a dramatic change in the way that I am used to working.
>> This is a good example where I do not understand that there is a proper
>> planning for user interface changes. While this probably doesn't affect
>> the majority of developers (who use Mac or Linux with Unity, so they
>> always display a menu anyway)
> Actually, my Earlybird on Ubuntu 12.04 doesn't display the menu in what
> is now the standard Ubuntu place. the only way I can get a menu is
> clicking a small Android-like three-line icon on the far right of the
> toolbar. Also, it used to be that when menu bars were hidden, pressing
> Alt brought them up - but this isn't working.
> Are either of these behaviours a bug?
> I can (thanks to this thread) turn the menu bar back on in prefs, but
> it's still in-window, not in the Ubuntu place at the top of the screen.
> Gerv
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