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Old 05-14-2012, 04:49 PM   #1
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Ubuntu 12.04 want taskbar and a normal titlebar


Hi,

I've just installed ubuntu 12.04 and due to unity being pre-installed, there are a few new annoying features.
Firstly, the menu bar of every window is right at the top of the screen. I would like it to be right below the title bar of the window (like in microsoft windows).
Secondly, there's no taskbar. I would like a taskbar similar to the ones the older versions of ubuntu used to have before unity was a pre-installed part of ubuntu.

Could someone please help me find a solution to these problems.

Thanks

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Old 05-14-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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Hi there,

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I've just installed ubuntu 12.04 and due to unity being pre-installed, there are a few new annoying features.
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Could someone please help me find a solution to these problems.
yes, the solution is simple: Use a different desktop environment, not Unity.

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Old 05-14-2012, 05:53 PM   #3
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Not only Unity lacks a taskbar, but Gnome 3 too (unless you install one extension that sorts of turns the upper bar into a taskbar -can't remember its name now). So, if you -like me- dislike the lack of a taskbar, you can use KDE or XFCE (XFCE may be set up to look and behave similar to the 'old' Gnome 2).

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Old 05-14-2012, 06:07 PM   #4
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Not only Unity lacks a taskbar, but Gnome 3 too (unless you install one extension that sorts of turns the upper bar into a taskbar -can't remember its name now). So, if you -like me- dislike the lack of a taskbar, you can use KDE or XFCE (XFCE may be set up to look and behave similar to the 'old' Gnome 2).

Regards.
Could you try and remember the name of that extension please I just installed docky but its not exactly the ideal taskbar substitute I'm looking for, since it groups similar windows into one icon. Also could someone please comment on the titlebar question too.

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Old 05-14-2012, 06:34 PM   #5
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For some reason I can't enter Gnome 3 now, so I can't check the name of the extension that turns the upper bar into a sort of taskbar, but there's another one named "Frippery bottom panel" that makes the bottom panel behave similar to a taskbar. As for the titlebar, Gnome3 already uses normal titlebars (it's only the taskbar which it lacks of). This also could be useful: https://extensions.gnome.org/extensi...dow-icon-list/ .

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Old 05-14-2012, 07:19 PM   #6
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Hi ghantauke
You can do two things:
1) Install Gnome shell and log in with the fall back mode turned "ON" that will give you some what the look of the old Ubuntu.
To install Gnome paste this command on your teminal
Code:
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell
Type your password when prompted and leave it do its thing. Once it is done log off then log back on but select Gnome with out effects (Gnome Classic) on your session selector (On the greeting screen See attached photo)
Or the other alternative is
2) Install Xfce and select that as your session on the log in screen
Code:
sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop
Type your password when prompted and leave it do its thing. Once it is done log off then log back on but selecting Xubuntu

Let us know what you decided.
Good luck to you.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:31 AM   #7
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Hi there,

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Not only Unity lacks a taskbar, but Gnome 3 too
waaah! Another failure in the evolution of GNOME!
How do you see the currently opened windows/programs in GNOME 3? Especially the minimized ones?

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XFCE may be set up to look and behave similar to the 'old' Gnome 2
At least the way it is configured in Ubuntu, there's never been much of a difference between GNOME 2 and Xfce (Ubuntu vs. xubuntu).

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:36 AM   #8
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How do you see the currently opened windows/programs in GNOME 3? Especially the minimized ones?
You just hover your mouse to the upper-left corner of the screen and all windows (minimized and maximized) will pop up in miniature size; then you click on the window you want to use.


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At least the way it is configured in Ubuntu, there's never been much of a difference between GNOME 2 and Xfce (Ubuntu vs. xubuntu).
Yep, XFCE can be set up pretty much like Gnome2.

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