according to redhat linux 9 bible:
TIP: to add an item to the rehat menu, you must add a .desktop file in the /usr/share/applications dir. easiest way to do this is to copy an existing .desktop file and modifty it.
# cd /usr/share/applications
#cp gnome-cd.desktop <application name>.desktop
next use any text editor to change the contents of the <app name>.desktop file by adding a comment, file to execute, icon to display and application name. after you save changes, the new item will immediately appear on the menu.
lol, great book, now a newb like me can give help!