Vista Start Menu for Gnome Panel

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Source (link to git-repo or to original if based on someone elses unmodified work): Add the source-code for this project on opencode.net

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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

Please read the release notes, particularly the 'known issues' section. It has been fixed for the next release.

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Ghagge

13 years ago

First off, amazing work on the menu. Have one problem though... In your screenshots i see you have a transparent menu background. How do you do this?

I have tried to just make the file "start-menu-template_white.png" transparent but when i do this my menu looks all weird... See link below...

http://img297.imageshack.us/img297/8256/screenshotlj3.png

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

This is done through the compizconfig settings manager "advanced desktop effects settings". This is not done through the menu.
Don't change the alpha transparency of the menu theme. To change this download the advanced desktop effects settings for compiz, and go in there and go to general options (the first one), then "opacity settings" (tab along the top), and add these two lines:
class=Gnome-panel to 80
class=Vista_Menu.py to 90

you may also want to configure gaussian alpha blur so that text is easier to read on the menu.

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guimenez

13 years ago

i hope new release as keyboard support ;)

I don't know what happen, but the menu icons are stange, i remove and installed again and its the same. please help me

screenshot:

http://img204.imageshack.us/my.php?image=errorwp9.png

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

I can only fix it if you tell me what is wrong with it.
It's your install and your system and I can't magically see past the default image file it loads when it can't find the icons.
What theme are you using, and are they png or svg or any other kind of file format for the icons.
Does your icons do that on the ubuntu default menu, in which case I'd recommend setting the default values back or setting your icon theme back to the original and see if it still does it in the menu.
Try running the menu (and opening it) in a terminal by executing Vista_Menu.py run-in-window and pasting the debug or any error messages here so that I can see what is going on. That's the only way it's going to get fixed.

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guimenez

13 years ago

many thanks, the problem its that i change the icon theme, now i've put it to original and works like a chrm ;)

i don't know why but hardy beta don't install correctly any icon theme :(

thaks

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

Two questions for you:
Did the old theme you have work in the gnome main menu?
What kind of icon files did this theme have? svg or png or something else?

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guimenez

13 years ago

the main problem it that any icon like nuevoXT or other, after i install and choose icon theme, all icons are grey like the system its not recognizing the icons

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guimenez

13 years ago

Please help me

after install It don't appear in the panel add list.
i can run in terminal but it don't stay in panel, it stay in desktop :(

my language is portuguese. can you tell me what i need to change to put in panel add list

thanks

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

I really don't know what is wrong unless you are a little more specific and do some debugging of this yourself.
Firstly, What version of what distribution are you running?
Secondly, Can you try modifying an existing bonobo server so that it can work with your menu.
Thirdly, Is the menu showing up in the panel add list? Or is it not showing up there at all.

I may be able to help you if you can answer those questions.

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guimenez

13 years ago

it don't show at panel add list. I have ubuntu 7.10 and 8.04 lts beta. Please give some command for me to try to fix this

thanks

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

Can you try unpacking the tar.gz archive to a folder on your desktop before clicking the install script. Clicking it from inside the archive will not allow it to be installed.

This menu works on 8.10 beta. I'm using that version right now.

Are your bonobo server files installed to /usr/lib/bonobo/servers and if so, is there a GNOME_VistaMenu.server file in there. If there isn't, why don't you try copying the file in there manually. Restart gnome before checking that the Vista Menu is in the panel add dialog.

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guimenez

13 years ago

ok, i found gnome_vista_server file with an icon very strange, even if i copy it again it stays always like the screenshot that i've attached.

Screenshot: http://img260.imageshack.us/my.php?image=erroae7.png

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

You can change the language by helping us improve the software and writing/modifying it yourself.

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

The next version of the menu will have the text in the xml backend. However as the new features list is high for this, it'll be a while before it's released.

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guimenez

13 years ago

Ok.

I change the full theme images to fit my language :)

PS: it will be better if we can change the language in file(xml,etc)

Man this application rocks

thanks

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

Check that you have the permissions set so that 'root' is the owner of the file, but you still have the permissions to be able to read the file. Also disable the "allow execution" checkbox in the permissions tab as well. (you will need a root nautilus session to do that, press alt+f2 and type gksu nautilus /usr/lib/bonobo/servers ). Hope that helps. The file emblem there means that the file is unreadable.

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guimenez

13 years ago

many thanks, it work like a charm.

thanks ;)

PS: can you tell me how can i change the language

thanks

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bwang

13 years ago

The contents of the menus don't match those of the Gnome Main Menu. I have KDE installed, and I have random KDE apps in the menus I can't get rid of. How do I fix this?

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

I'll look into this for you. I have noticed this issue and will try and resolve it for the next release.

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bwang

13 years ago

Which GTK theme am I supposed to use?

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

Any gtk theme. So long as it looks good. The one used in the above screenshots is aero-clone http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/Aero-clone?content=57352

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Sigra

13 years ago

where did you get that dragon wallpaper?

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qb89dragon

13 years ago

From this amazing artist's gallery http://nambroth.deviantart.com/art/Ly-szeth-16663166

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ultimate1000

13 years ago

unable to install
I have a message ./Click here to install me.sh: line 1: gksu: command not found
./Click here to install me.sh: line 2: gksu: command not found

I'm on fedora8

what is my problem????

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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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