[LAD] [Maybe OT] Linux Audio Apps Clasification

rosea grammostola rosea.grammostola at gmail.com
Wed Nov 4 09:53:30 UTC 2009

Raymond Martin wrote:
> On November 3, 2009 01:22:30 pm Daniel Vidal wrote:
>> Hi
>>    I think this post is [OT] but also i think is the apropiate audience...
>>    I'am now working on making personalized menus for Musix distro. I try to
>> do this task using the freedesktop rules, using .desktop files and the
>> "Categories" field. This is a real problem. All audio Apps put "AudioVideo"
>> tag... and all apps apear together on a single menu option... Mixers merged
>> with synths... with DAWs... with virtual keyboards... Well... when the user
>> chooses the "multimedia" option of system menu... the submenu have three
>> columns of apps... Only a little set of apps put more specific tag like
>> "Midi" or "Synthesis"...
>>    This behavoir can be modified using more "Categories" tags describing
>> more closely the app... But this cant be done without the agreement of
>>  linux apps developers about a clasification...
>>    I can make a proposal to add some tags?
> [snip]
> I can see where you are coming from. The Sound & Video menu on my desktop 
> (E17) is a mess. Categorizing these better would be nice, but I just cannot 
> see how you will find a way to break it up that most people will agree with.
> For instance, I do not necessarily agree with the categories you suggest, 
> seems like too many IMO.
> I would suggest either using very broad categories (max of 3, 4, for example) 
> or leaving it alone altogether. Even the other non-audio related menus are
> questionable across different desktops. An end user can always edit them
> if it bothers them that much.

I thought about this also a while ago...
Ubuntu Studio has an extra audio/video production menu

The gnome-main-menu from OpenSuse works also pretty well. You can set 
some favourite apps and the others are pretty well organized...


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