I'd like to find out which process is responsible for Unity panel and launcher.. In case I'd like to close one of them, which process to I have to kill?
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Why not just stop logging into the unity desktop and start using the "Ubuntu:Classic" option which gives you the old Ubuntu 10.10 style panel and menu configuration? Than you can easily remove unity and/or any associated plugins from Synaptic Manager without risking crashing your system due to Unity still running in the background.
Log Out and choose "Ubuntu:Classic" at the bottom of the screen as the desktop you want to login to.
Login Manager in System Settings: and choose "Ubuntu:Classic" from a drop down menu for your all future logins if that's what you want.