How to get back a "GNOME 2 look and feel" in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot
1. Install "GNOME Classic" session
sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback
You now get the possibility to choose the "GNOME Classic" session when you log in, but there are some problems with this session:
- The top panel's height and its icons are too large
- The panel background is inconsistent
With the fixes below:
After turning sound and bluetooth off and on again:
The fixes also work for the Radiance theme:
2. Reduce the size of the icons to 16 pixels
This will also reduce the height of the top panel from 30 to 24 pixels.
2a. Create folder for config files:
2b. Create or edit ~/.config/gtk-3.0/settings.ini and add this:
gtk-icon-sizes = panel-menu=16,16:gtk-large-toolbar=16,16
3. Fix the panel background
Note: Instead of the following solution, the background can also be fixed by using:
(Win-)Alt-rightclick on panel -> Properties -> Background -> Solid color
3a. Create or edit ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css and add this:
/* Fallback Mode Panel */
/* Fix background color (needed in Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot). */
/* Based on /usr/share/themes/Ambiance/gtk-3.0/apps/gnome-panel.css. */
PanelApplet > GtkMenuBar.menubar,
PanelApplet > GtkMenuBar.menubar.menuitem,
At this point, you should log out and in again using the "GNOME Classic" session in order to see the changes.
4. Further panel configuration
Use (Win-)Alt-middleclick-drag and (Win-)Alt-rightclick to configure the panel further.
Note that the panel items snap to the left/center/right of the panel, so they might need to be dragged some distance before they move at all.
Launchers can easily be added by dragging items directly from the Applications menu to the panel.
5. Fix icon spacing
There seems to be a bug which causes excessive spacing between the icons in the notification area tray:
An easy fix is to change the icons back and forth, e.g. muting/unmuting the sound and disabling/enabling bluetooth. This solution is unfortunately only temporary and must be performed again after each login.
Make a note for future reference that you just added two config files in:
This is nice to know in case the config files mess things up with later Ubuntu releases and need to be removed again.