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I was woundering is the is a way/possibility to use Unity's global menu with GNOME Shell on Ubuntu 11.10?

It would be really nice to have it.

Does anyone have an idea on how to make this real?

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Do you mean the appmenu i.e. the menu of applications in the panel ? – sagarchalise Nov 29 '11 at 9:10
That is not possible. – imbaer Nov 29 '11 at 9:23
The menu with text. That is just in the Mac OS X. But it is the Unity Shell. – MattsuOrusan Nov 29 '11 at 9:38
This was a nice answer a few years ago but can we get an answer for today in 2015??? – Joshua Robison Apr 9 '15 at 10:54
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The application menu or global menu [as some people like to refer to it] that comes with unity provided by appmenu-gtkand indicator-appmenu doesnot work on gnome-shell. There is an alpha status globalmenu extension for gnome-shell which can be installed via ppa. But it won't look exacly like what is seen in unity the video in the link shows how it works. if you want to try it out you can install it:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome3-globalmenu


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Thx! This is awesome to be back with ubuntu again =) Really been missing all the suport you kan get =D Love it <3 – MattsuOrusan Nov 29 '11 at 11:01
Sounds good, if it is stable enough... note that this PPA includes no package for 12.04 Precise. – Jesse Glick Jul 25 '12 at 12:26
Could we make it horizontally? – Sri Harsha Chilakapati Sep 17 '12 at 15:32
can we still get this in gnome 3.14 and 3.16 ? In 3.16 it is like half way implemented by default but this Oneric release was way way way more useful. – Joshua Robison Apr 9 '15 at 10:54

Are u referring to gnome-shell?

If yes,

Applications Menu extension: adds an regular (old-style) menu to the top GNOME Shell bar. Install:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3 && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-apps-menu

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No, not that one. The one with the text. Like, When you have Firefox or Terminal, you get the "File", "About" ..etc. – MattsuOrusan Nov 29 '11 at 10:27
Looks like In 12.04 , you cannot install gnome3-globalmenu – mac Sep 25 '12 at 11:27
gnome-shell-extensions-apps-menu will only give few options to user such as Minimize, restore, maximise, close etc but not global menu – mac Sep 25 '12 at 11:28

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