Vista Start Menu for Gnome Panel

Various Gnome Stuff

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Description:

An elegant and functional menu with many themes, not just vista.
Currently supported languages:
English, Czech, French, Spanish, Portuguese

THIS IS NOT COMPATIBLE WITH UBUNTU 8.10 Intrepid Ibex
The lightweight Vista Menu implementation is compatible.
http://www.gtk-apps.org/content/show.php/XP+Start+Menu?content=93807

I may work on this in future, but if any python programmers out there want to take this over and improve it, please email me for the latest source.

INSTALLATION

-Install Dependencies:

sudo apt-get install python2.5 python-xdg python-cairo python-gconf python-xlib deskbar


-Download package from this page
-Extract to your desktop, and double click on the installer inside
-Right click on the gnome panel, and go to 'add to panel' and select vista menu


We need people to help make new themes and translate the menu to new languages! Please send me a message if you can help.
Last changelog:

12 years ago

Beta 1.07: Includes new theme and fixes multiple program launching and command line errors
Beta 1.08: Basically a total rewrite!
Beta 1.08_1: Fixed Blue Wave theme.
Beta 1.08_2: More languages added.

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

The bottom panels are part of the theme (read a few posts up for link). What's wrong with the menu? What could I improve to make it so you would choose it?

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rpgmaker

13 years ago

Nothing, I just want to make the Ubuntu icon look like the Vista one but I think it wouldn't work with my setup, I have the Main Menu Applet in the top panel...

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

That's under the gconf settings, there are guides on the net for how to do that.
http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Vista+Transformation+Pack+for+GNOME?content=63106

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abhinavhardikar

13 years ago

How did you make you GNOMe-Panel semi-transperant in the 3rd image?

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

that's a feature of compiz

download compizconfig settings manager.
Then open it, go to general options, click the opacity settings tab,
create a new window opacity, Type name=Vista_Menu.py and select the opacity (somewhere around 80 to 95) and hit ok. You can also add name=gnome-panel
If you have a better graphics card, enable alpha transparency blur. These are all, however, not features of this menu, but just general desktop settings.

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abhinavhardikar

13 years ago

Whenever I click on on the button it just shows me the menu with no icons and 'All Programs' is written in the white patch

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

If you are having issues, make sure all the required packages are installed from the readme file.

Then if it still doesn't work, open a terminal, type

Vista_Menu.py run-in-window

And paste any errors it generates back in here so I can see what went wrong.

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abhinavhardikar

13 years ago

It gives me this:

File "/usr/lib/vistamenu/Vista_Menu_Object.py", line 101, in button_press
self.ShowMenu()
File "/usr/lib/vistamenu/Vista_Menu_Object.py", line 160, in ShowMenu
self.hwg.setup(origin[0], origin[1])
File "/usr/lib/vistamenu/Vista_Menu_Main.py", line 141, in setup
self.PGL = ProgramList()
File "/usr/lib/vistamenu/PGMenu/0/PGMenu.py", line 18, in __init__
self.XDG = XDGMenu()
File "/usr/lib/vistamenu/XDG.py", line 22, in __init__
self.BaseMenu = xdg.Menu.parse("applications.menu")
File "/var/lib/python-support/python2.5/xdg/Menu.py", line 524, in parse
__genmenuNotOnlyAllocated(tmp["Root"])
File "/var/lib/python-support/python2.5/xdg/Menu.py", line 856, in __genmenuNotOnlyAllocated
__genmenuNotOnlyAllocated(submenu)
File "/var/lib/python-support/python2.5/xdg/Menu.py", line 859, in __genmenuNotOnlyAllocated
tmp["cache"].addMenuEntries(menu.AppDirs)
File "/var/lib/python-support/python2.5/xdg/Menu.py", line 1022, in addMenuEntries
self.__addFiles(dir, "", prefix, legacy)
File "/var/lib/python-support/python2.5/xdg/Menu.py", line 1036, in __addFiles
self.__addFiles(dir, os.path.join(subdir,item), prefix, legacy)
File "/var/lib/python-support/python2.5/xdg/Menu.py", line 1025, in __addFiles
for item in os.listdir(os.path.join(dir,subdir)):
OSError: [Errno 13] Permission denied: '/home/abhinav/.local/share/applications/wine'

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

That's not a bug in my menu. It's a bug either in the python-xdg module, or the fact that you don't have read permission of the directory '/home/abhinav/.local/share/applications/wine'. Try changing the permissions of that folder first to get rid of the error. Also, what distribution of linux are you running?

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abhinavhardikar

13 years ago

Thanks that worked. I am using Ubuntu 7.10

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Whise

13 years ago

hello , this is a great peice of software (like i said before ) it would even be better if it would support vistart skins (similar program , emulates vista start menu on xp)

there are alot of skins for this program online , i guess it wont be very hard

http://xpdeskmod.deviantart.com/art/Skin-Pack-for-Lee-s-ViStart-76673343

would be a great adition

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

ViStart has a totally incompatible theme format that would require an entire rewrite of the menu to support. At the moment massive changes to the code and backend are underway to make it able to support a much greater variety of themes while at the same time making it easier to create those themes.

Other features like a shortcut key to open the menu, language support, packaged versions for debian, better searching, faster load times and support for multiple panel sizes are all underway.

I would really appreciate help with designing new (and not windows-based) themes for the menu. If you want to help do that, please email me your msn contact name.

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parajsinghal

13 years ago

everything is working fine except for the menu button. the round vista menu button is placed on a white square background.

please help me out

screenshot link:

http://img355.imageshack.us/img355/126/screenshotst7.jpg

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

That's because it's not yet using panel backgrounds. This will come in the next version when I have time to work on it.
For now you can use a gtk theme that has a nice panel background.

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parajsinghal

13 years ago

thanx for the reply but screenshots from other people and even your screenshots show a nice black panel(without the white square)...how can i get the black vista panel. Which gtk theme do you people use?

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Aero-clone?content=57352

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Electricity

13 years ago

Could you maybe make this menu work nicely with panel sizes smaller than 32 px?
IMHO, something like 29 should be enough... but I don't know if it's possible to make.

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

Im working on it, but I have very little time to code. Either disable the panel top or change the menu size for the time being.

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nandong

13 years ago

great menu...
but it's kind a slow respon in my comp'
i'm using fedora 8,...
is it coz i use intel 945GMA (graphic card) or some script that i had to edit ?

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

Disable all effects using cairo. These two options are in preferences -> graphics.
Also wait for the next version which contains speed fixes.

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billybag

13 years ago

i made some replacement icons based on the black-white 2 gloss icon theme


http://www.gnome-look.org/content/show.php?content=78150

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guimenez

13 years ago

When i change the user image, my vista start menu now apeears just white :(

i've put again no user picture but its the same

what is the problem

Screenshot:

http://img360.imageshack.us/img360/8082/erroyq4.png

thanks

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

Try reloading your gnome session, then reinstalling the program again.

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guimenez

13 years ago

i've try it but nothing.

can't make it appear normally again

:(

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guimenez

13 years ago

Finally i've found the solution!!!

in the preferences remove the "enable transparent icon" and fix shadow on top

and works flauless

thanks

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12 years ago

Beta 1.07: Includes new theme and fixes multiple program launching and command line errors
Beta 1.08: Basically a total rewrite!
Beta 1.08_1: Fixed Blue Wave theme.
Beta 1.08_2: More languages added.

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