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In Ubuntu 10.10 (and possibly previous versions), when I connected my laptop to an external source (monitor/projector) and set it not to clone my desktop the display on the external source would not show the (gnome-)panel (just a full-screen desktop with no icons).

Since upgrading to Ubuntu 11.04 (using Unity) when I now connect the external source has the panel on there. Is there any way to revert to the previous behaviour in 11.04?

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You can (for now) choose "Ubuntu Classic" when logging in - and, although this won't give you Unity, it is a workaround for your problem.

(From what I've seen, Unity currently has major problems with multi-screen displays).

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Can you update your answer to match the current situation? – RolandiXor Sep 17 '11 at 0:13

This is not possible (currently) in Ubuntu when using Unity as your desktop environment. However, you can install Gnome-panel and login to "Gnome Fallback Mode" to get this setup, or use XFCE or LXDE.

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