I can't find a drop-down like 10.10 where I could list all the applications/menu. I understand that the launcher is there for it now, but somehow, I currently feel that I was more comfortable with the drop-down menus.

Any fix for this one?

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Cardapio is a nice middle-ground between the old and new interfaces:

Cardapio from Web Upd8

This screencast shows it in action. The custom launcher available from Web Upd8 makes it quite convenient to use.

It's currently only available from a PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cardapio-team/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cardapio

Run these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:diesch/testing
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

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  • You can select "Classic Ubuntu" environment at the log-in screen if you prefer classic Ubuntu.
  • Optionally, you can get this classic menu indicator: OMG Ubuntu

However, my personal suggestion is to try to get used to it. I didn't like it at first too, but now I love it.

  • Nice idea, but I just want to have it handy in case I need it
    – Aman Alam
    Jun 10 '11 at 6:27
  • 2
    The "Classic" option will be dropped in October, so it's only a short-term solution.
    – ændrük
    Jun 10 '11 at 6:28
  • Surely you would be able to install it through Software Center? It will just not be available on the CD afaik.
    – Egil
    Jun 17 '11 at 7:55

If you right click the Applications icon in the launcher, then you'll get a list of categories like you did in the Applications menu in Gnome-panel. If you select a category, then you'll get a lense with only the applications in that category. You can get the same list of categories if you just click it too. There is a drop down menu on the right of the search field.

  • Yes, its there, but I think It'll be dropped soon. see the comments on the question..
    – Aman Alam
    Jun 17 '11 at 9:34

If Cardapio fails to launch for you in 11.10 you may have to also use

sudo apt-get install python-glade2

per the bug report at https://bugs.launchpad.net/cardapio/+bug/878219


Actually, you can get a 'menu' of sorts with the Dash. Click on the Ubuntu logo to get the dash, click on 'More Apps', in the top right corner of the dash, there is a drop down menu, allowing you to filter by category of apps (accessories, games, ...)

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