so the first thing i did when i got to my brand new desktop was to hit the main menu button. it is no longer the traditional gnome menu anymore. no longer do you see a list of categories and a hierarchial branch of sub-categories reminiscent of windoze 98 and 2000 menus. instead, they’ve been replaced with a more direct approach. you can have it show your fave apps, recently used ones, and the documents/files you last accessed. now it’s more XPish! LOLz!
anyway, kidding aside, if you want more applications just hit a button aptly named ‘more applications‘ (hehe.. .). a window then comes out with all the useful applications you’d probably need. the list could be quite long. so once again there are categories, or groups, to make it easier for you to navigate through the plethora of applications you might have installed. just hit on these ‘categories‘ which are located at the right side of the window. newly installed apps will properly show up on this list too. and it will be promptly marked as new. kewl! there is also a filter bar, so you can, of course, filter the apps that you want to show up in the list.
the main menu also has a search bar. it’s integrated into beagle. so you can like search for anything and everything that you allowed beagle to index. defaults are set for files in your user directory only.
also, to the left of the main menu are links to useful stuff like controlling your sytem settings and managing software. it also shows the status of your network connection and harddisk freespace summary. if you have more than one harddisk inside your box, it is intuitive enough to sum up the sizes of all harddisks. now this could be true for all storage media attached to your computer. but i haven’t noticed it doing this yet. maybe i’ll try to plugin an external harddisk and see if it notices this.