Back at UDS in Dallas, TX we decided that one of the focus for Edubuntu in Lucid would be to to make menu customization a lot easier.
So we wrote a specification covering most use cases for menu customization, editing and sharing.
After a few months of work, mostly done by my colleague at Revolution Linux, Marc Gariepy, we now have a working tool, that’s in Edubuntu’s default installation.
You can install it on a regular Lucid desktop by doing:
sudo apt-get install edubuntu-menueditor
A PPA is also available here (Lucid and Karmic).
Or download Edubuntu’s latest daily build here.
It’ll install you two different tools:
- The menu editor itself in Applications => System Tools => Menueditor
- The Profile manager in System => Administration => Profile manager
The first can be run by any user, it shows you a window like this one:
There you can create new sub-menus, copy items in them and hide items from the existing menu. Then save it (as a .tar.gz archive).
With this archive, you can either share it with your friends/colleagues/general community or directly start the Profile manager to import it and assign it to a group.
On login, all users in that group will see that new menu you assigned them.
As every new open source projects, it’s not bug free, so if you find a bug or have suggestions, please go to Launchpad and report them here.
Now it’s your turn to start creating and sharing your menus for your region/country/school system or for your company.
And if you aren’t using Ubuntu in English, you can go on Launchpad and help us by translating it to your language !
NOTE: It’s currently “branded” as Edubuntu-specific, that’s done because it’s initially an Edubuntu project but it’ll work with every xdg-based menu (that’s why the Lauchpad project is called “menueditor”).