I want to know if I can go back to a 10.04 style Gnome environment. By 10.04 environment, I mean the ability to add icons and little applets, like drawer, on the top menu bar. Right now, after all I have tried, it does not seem possible. So, I am not stuck on using 10.04, but am using 10.04 as an example of things I liked and am wondering how to get them back.

Is this a straightforward thing to do, or more painful than it is worth?

If I go back to Gnome, am I going to suffer on the next LTS upgrade?

Right now, I have the basic 12.04 environment, with Gnome installed -- sudo apt-get install gnome-panel -- but I found I could not go back up to the top menu and put in my familiar drawers and other installed icons.

I tried both Gnome settings, one less graphically intensive than the other. As a matter of fact, Unity seemed to be better just because I could get to the few installed icons that the upgrade picked off my old Gnome menu.



If you want go back to a 10.04 style Gnome environment, i think best solution for you is installing "MATE desktop environment" on Ubuntu 12.04.

You can find how you can do it from this link.


open your terminal and type this

sudo apt-get install gnome-panel

after installing you need to logout and Then from login screen you can choose the session . see image

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But this won't likely be available forever, as it's a fallback session.

  • I've edited the original post. I'm not stuck on 10.04. I'm just wondering if there is a menu bar that will allow editing, like in 10.04, and there appears not to be, other than the side bar. At least now, with fiddling, I can get that to hide. – octopusgrabbus Sep 3 '12 at 17:49
  • @octopusgrabbus try what i have given my friend . I am sure that will allow you to do so . – rɑːdʒɑ Sep 3 '12 at 17:51

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

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    The OP has already attemped to use the fallback session – Cumulus007 Sep 3 '12 at 17:41

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