Towards the beginning of last year it was real simple, you just had the PortableApps menu 1.1 (I think I came around after that, I don't remember a 1.0).
Then geek.menu and R34 came around (or at least, I found out about them in the latter half of last year). Tried R34, loved it, tried geek.menu, didn't like it, went back to official, then R34 again, and R34 remembered all my categories and settings, it was pretty cool.
When I installed 1.2 (the official one, came out last week) it deleted the R34 menu before installing. Not cool, but I figure it had its reasons. Went back to R34, and it's funny, my theme was gone, had to reinstall that, and categories were gone, but as soon as I put 7-Zip in the Utilities folder, *all* my Utilities-categorized apps jumped into the newly formed category. I just had to define the categories again and all the other apps just jumped right in. Cool!
Now I come back and 1.5 is out, but I'm hesitant to install it, at least without backing up my R34 menu (which takes over the official folder).
So I was thinking, especially with all these new versions coming out, there's got to be a better way to install a menu:
A menu is portable, just like the apps. So why should it necessarily "take over" the previous menu. CeeDo and PortableApps can play nice together, but they use different folders. Geek.menu and R34 are based on PA, so conflicts are understandable.
A menu (Official, R34, geek, etc.) should have a secondary install. Makes its own folder and behaves much like any other app. Only difference is, its launcher kills the other menu. Presumably you could have three menus on your drive, and each one would link to the other two, and you could jump from one to the other without consequence.
Only problem is, you'd need one to be the root menu, called by Autoplay. Here we have two options: First is, you pick one. The first one you install, namely, would be the root menu. You can call other menus from it, but it's going to be the one you launch first. Second, someone can make a tiny menu (yes, a fourth one) which only lists the menus. "Choose your interface" or something like that. I prefer the first choice.