What the hell is it with this unified menu nonsense?
First Ubuntu, now the Hat which is Red.
One step forward and two steps back, it seems.
Either stick with one menu per application, nicely attached to the application window, or get rid of all of them and go for a finger-pokey fondleslab interface, where all the useful stuff is hidden away and really only available to power users (as long as it *is* available, of course).
The argument that 'Gnome has decided it will be this way' is invalid, as demonstrated by Mint, but worse than that is the mish-mash of some apps that use the unified menus and some that still draw their own; there is absolutely no reason why that should be allowed to happen.
It's taken ten or fifteen years to get rid of most of the trash that X left lying around, with different menus, mouse clicks, and even fonts for different applications, and Linux, irrespective of brand, achieved a pretty good and consistent look and feel a couple of years ago. But it seems that there's a conspiracy to prevent people using computers for anything but toys... and not just in Linux; Windows is equally to blame, and of course the Mac has had the ridiculous menus for years.
Let's either stick to something that works, or go the whole hog and get rid of menus completely (though I doubt the latter is possible; even lots of friendly toolbar icons leading to message boxes loaded with tabs are menus in all but name).
Example: when creating an ebook from scanned images, I use (in serial order but pipelined) two console applications and five GUI applications. None of the GUIs use much from the menus but what they do use, they need. None of them run full screen, either... and I *need* to be able to see an image of a page being proofread as well as the proofreader. This is not a task which lends itself to a common menu without confusion.
I'm beginning to feel that they are out to get me...