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The Debian Menu sub-policy
Chapter 2 - Menu Structure


If you have a package which doesn't fit within the existing menu hierarchy, please bring it up on the debian-devel mailing list. If you have other proposals for changing the menu hierarchy, or making other changes to menu policy, please bring it up on debian-policy.


2.1 Preferred menu structure

Here is the authoritative list of Debian's menu structure. Packages must be placed in leaf sections.

Applications

Normal applications

Applications/Accessibility

Tools to aid people with disabilities or for machines lacking usual input devices.

Examples: gok, yasr, dasher.

Applications/Amateur Radio

Anything relating to HAM radio.

Examples: baken, hamsoft, twlog

Applications/Data Management

Interactive database programs, collection managers, address books, bibliography tools, etc.

gaby, alexandria, mdbtools

Applications/Editors

Editors, other than office word processors, for text-based information.

Examples: ksubtile, nano, hexedit

Applications/Education

Educational and training softwares.

Examples: gtypist, gcompris, quiz

Applications/Emulators

Software that allows you to run non-native software or more than one OS at a time.

Examples: wine, dosemu, qemu

Applications/File Management

Tools for file management, archiving, searching, CD/DVD burning, backup, etc.

Examples: file-roller, mc, baobab

Applications/Graphics

2D and 3D graphics manipulation software.

Examples: gimp, inkscape, imagemagick

Applications/Mobile Devices

Software that allows you to interface with mobile devices (phones, PDAs, etc.).

Examples: kandy, gnokii, gnome-pilot

Applications/Network

Network related software. This is a three-level section, do not put entries directly here.

Applications/Network/Communication

Mail, USENET news, chat, instant messaging, IP telephony, video conferencing software, etc.

Examples: xchat, gaim, mutt

Applications/Network/File Transfer

File transfer software such as download managers, FTP clients, P2P clients, etc.

Examples: amule, gftp, d4x

Applications/Network/Monitoring

Network monitoring software

Examples: gip, ettercap, iptstate

Applications/Network/Web Browsing

Web browsers, tools for offline browsing, etc.

Examples: elinks, epiphany-browser, webhttrack

Applications/Network/Web News

Web feed (RSS, Atom, etc.) and podcast aggregators.

Examples: akregator, kitty, liferea

Applications/Office

Office suites, word processors, spreadsheets, CRM, ERP, financial sofware, etc.

Examples: openoffice.org, tinyerp-client, gnucash

Applications/Programming

IDEs, debuggers, etc.

Examples: anjuta, gdb, eclipse

Applications/Project Management

Timetable managers, group task trackers, bug tracking software, etc.

Examples: planner, bugzilla, gnotime

Applications/Science

Scientific and engineering-related software.

Applications/Science/Astronomy

Astronomy-related software.

Examples: celestia, spacechart, stellarium

Applications/Science/Biology

Biology-related software.

Examples: arb, ncbi-tools-x11, seaview

Applications/Science/Chemistry

Chemistry-related software.

Examples: chemtool, kalzium, xdrawchem

Applications/Science/Data Analysis

Software designed for processing, extracting, and presenting generic scientific data.

Examples: fityk, ygraph, mn-fit

Applications/Science/Electronics

Circuit design tools, simulators and assemblers for microprocessors, etc

Examples: geda, gnucap, tkgate

Applications/Science/Engineering

CAD, UML tools, diagram-drawing and other engineering-related software.

Examples: tcm, dia, qcad

Applications/Science/Geoscience

Geoscience-related software.

Examples: earth3d, qgis, therion

Applications/Science/Mathematics

Mathematics-related software.

Examples: gcalctool, snappea, xeukleides

Applications/Science/Medicine

Medicine-related software.

Examples: mssstest, gnumed-client, xmedcon

Applications/Science/Physics

Physics-related software.

Examples: kxterm, ifrit, paw

Applications/Science/Social

Social sciences-related software.

Examples: gnomesword, hanzim, bibletime

Applications/Shells

Various shells to be used inside a terminal emulator.

Examples: bash, ksh, zsh

Applications/Sound

Sound players, editors, and rippers/recorders.

Examples: beep-media-player, grip, audacity

Applications/System

System related software.

Applications/System/Administration

Administrative and system configuration utilities, also tools for personal user settings.

Examples: gnome-control-center, configure-debian, gksu

Applications/System/Hardware

Tools for manipulating specific hardware, especially non-standard laptop hardware.

Examples: toshutils, nvclock-gtk, nvtv

Applications/System/Language Environment

This section is reserved for language-env as a special case.

Applications/System/Monitoring

System information and monitoring tools, log viewers, etc.

Examples: top, hal-device-manager, gtkdiskfree

Applications/System/Package Management

Package managers and related tools.

Examples: aptitude, deborphan, smartpm

Applications/System/Security

Security, cryptography and privacy related software, antiviruses, tools to track and report bugs, etc.

Examples: gpgkeys, bastille, avscan

Applications/Terminal Emulators

Graphical terminal emulators.

Examples: xterm, gnome-terminal, rxvt

Applications/Text

Text oriented tools like dictionaries, OCR, translation, text analysis software, etc.

Examples: kdrill, stardict, turkey

Applications/TV and Radio

TV-in, TV-out, FM radio, teletext browsers, etc.

Examples: gradio, gatos, alevt

Applications/Viewers

Software for viewing images, documents and other (non-video) media.

Examples: gqview, evince, gthumb

Applications/Video

Video players, editors, and rippers/recorders.

Examples: istanbul, totem, kino

Applications/Web Development

Software for web site editing, web programming, and site administration.

Examples: bluefish, screem, gphpedit

Games

Games and recreations

Games/Action

Games that involve a lot of action and require fast reflexes.

Examples: xsoldier, supertux, xmoto

Games/Adventure

Role playing and adventure games, interactive movies and stories, etc.

Examples: beneath-a-steel-sky, egoboo, kq

Games/Blocks

Tetris-like games involving falling blocks.

Examples: crack-attack, frozen-bubble, netris

Games/Board

Games played on a board.

Examples: phalanx, xshogi, xboard

Games/Card

Games involving a deck of cards.

Examples: pysol, ace-of-penguins, xpat2

Games/Puzzles

Tests of ingenuity and logic.

Examples: xmpuzzles, sgt-puzzles, enigma

Games/Simulation

Simulations of the real world in all detail and complexity.

Examples: flightgear, torcs

Games/Strategy

Games involving long-term strategic thinking.

Examples: wesnoth, widelands, netpanzer

Games/Tools

Server browsers, configurators, editors, and other game-related tools that are not games themselves.

Examples: xqf, crystalspace

Games/Toys

Amusements, eye-candy, entertaining demos, screen hacks (screensavers), etc.

Examples: xdesktopwaves, xphoon, xpenguins

Help

programs that provide user documentation

Examples: debian-reference, apt-howto, dhelp

Screen

Programs that affect the whole screen.

Screen/Saving

Tools for blanking the screen. Entries of screen hacks and configuration GUIs should go to other appropriate sections.

Examples: xscreensaver, xlockmore

Screen/Locking

Tools for locking the screen.

Examples: xscreensaver, xlockmore

Window Managers

X window managers.

Examples: fluxbox, metacity, waimea

FVWM Modules

FVWM-based window manager modules. As only modules related to the running window-manager are displayed, do not create subsections for specific window-managers.

Examples: fvwm, fvwm-gnome, fvwm95

Window Maker

This section is reserved for wmaker as a special case.

All wmaker specific entries must go here.


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The Debian Menu sub-policy

version 3.9.5.0, 2013-10-28

Chris Waters
Joey Hess
Joost Witteveen
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