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Is it possible to use the Natty BFB (Ubuntu button that opens the dash) in Precise?

I really liked the design of having the button on the menu as opposed to having it on the launcher.

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Right now it is not possible to do so – Manish Sinha Apr 15 '12 at 15:58
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I also liked the Dash launcher on the panel, it made the two bars seem more integrated and didn't make me dislike Unity as much. I don't like the current look either. As Manish Sinha pointed out in his comment above, there is currently no way to do this.

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You've asked how to patch it, which goes further. It would be a good bit of work, likely. I think there would be two separate jobs, removing it from the Launcher, and adding it to the panel.

  • I tried to find a Q&A about removing the 'BFB' that opens the dash, from the Launcher, but I couldn't. I have some suspicion it's out there, though.
  • To put it in the panel, you could write an indicator that would go into the Panel--each of the elements in the panel is an indicator program, usually their own package, like indicator-session, indicator-appmenu, etc. Challenges there would include getting it to appear on the left, while avoiding collisions with the window-close buttons.

I don't know if you'd really want to do all this, and I'm not an expert on building these things, but I hope this could de-mystify the subject, a bit.

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There is always a way in Ubuntu, but it isn't a configuration option, so you'd have to patch it in yourself if you wanted that.

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which is another way of saying NO – xubuntix Nov 16 '11 at 15:00
How do I patch it? – Ed Villegas Nov 16 '11 at 18:57

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