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I'm confused, I installed this gnome-panel from the Ubuntu Software Center. After that, I can't seem to locate where can I find it. All I see here in the preferences is this Compiz which I find not in favor of my minimalistic taste. I want to know the location where I can have preferences for the Gnome classic (no effect) desktop I set.

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You can run the GNOME Panel within Unity by running gnome-panel in a terminal.

If you want a look even more similar to the old GNOME 2:

  • You can install gnome-session-fallback Install gnome-session-fallback and choose GNOME Classic at the login screen.

    gnome-session-fallback can be installed in the Software Center or by running:

    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
  • Or you can install the Mate desktop as explained here.

If you just want to have gnome-panel run when you log in, open "Startup Applications" either from the Unity Dash or the menu in Gnome Classic. Click "Add" and put "gnome-panel" in the "Command" field. You don't have to put anything in the "Name" or "Comment" field, they're optional. Click "Add" again.

Adding gnome-panel to Startup Applications.

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