New ede-panel is now merged in the trunk. Actually this was done two days ago, but additional management (fixing build paths, install/uninstall scripts and such) had to be done, so everything could work nicely.
What to say about it? ede-panel is written from the scratch
and is using FLTK, meaning: one program less using eFLTK.
Everything is placed in applets, so only things that will be used
will be loaded. This will reduce memory usage and provide the base
for future extensions or replacements (e.g. if you do not like
current quick-launch applet, write a better one ;)).
Also, noticeable feature is support for
specification. Now, all your installed applications will be
correctly recognized and populated in desired menu section. Of
course, if they are fd.o menu aware and this is the case for almost
all modern GUI applications.
Here is the shot of default EDE menu layout:
Initial menu layout was taken from Xfce mostly because it is
simple, concise and manageable ...and because I had no inspiration
to write another XML file. Of course, the layout will be changed
even more depending on requirements in upcoming period.