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I have installed Ubuntu 14.04 on my Thinkpad T60 and found out that Unity is too slow. So, I did

sudo apt-get install xubuntu-desktop

When I log into an Xubuntu session, the panel has a ton of junk from the Unity interface (a Power menu with a non-working logout button, an extra language indicator that does not work, an extra clock).

extra junk in the panel

How can I get rid of them, ideally without breaking my ability to log into Unity?

EDIT: I found other questions that ask about the same problems. They do not seem to have any useful answers:

Xubuntu strange behaviour panel-indicator and panel-notification applet

Xfce top panel indicator problem

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Can you remove it in the panel properties, items tab (description here ? – TuKsn May 4 '14 at 8:46
This link worked well for me. It removes most of the slower features of 14.04. – user265064 May 7 '14 at 19:06

That is the new XUbuntu panel plugin for the new Unity indicator (libindicator & libappindicator).

  1. Right click on the panel → panel → Panel Preferences... → Items tab

    Then select Indicator Plugin

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  2. Either you remove it completely from panel using (-) button, or as I recommend customizing it.

    • Click (gear) button
    • Check "Hide indicators by default"
    • Check "Application Indicators" to be "Visible"

    Why? because some application uses only libappindicator method to show their status icon. You may not want to miss them.

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