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I have disabled the global menu and want to put the classic Application/Places/System menu in its place. How would I go about doing that in Ubuntu 12.04LTS?

(Note: I do want to try keeping unity as well as the dock launcher around for now to see if I can get used to that)

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You could try the Classic Menu Indicator to get an category-sorted application menu in Unity. Another way is to install gnome-session-fallback and to select the GNOME Fallback Mode at login, which makes GNOME 3 to imitate the look and feel of GNOME 2. You could also consider to switch to XFCE, which is quite similiar to GNOME 2.

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I also recommend the Classic Menu Indicator. I did this:

pressed Ctrl – Alt – T on my keyboard to open Terminal. Typed this:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing

then this:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

Restarted my computer and saw the indicator menu on the top panel.

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