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Love this site, just joined because I finally figured out exactly how I want Ubuntu to behave and I haven't been able to find a way to do this. I know there are things like the classic menu indicator, and I have mostly used cairo-dock because I like it's main menu, instead of Unity's dash, which I still can't stand. I've messed around with all kinds of Ubuntu flavors and I really think in the end Ubunutu would be perfect with Unity, but with the dash system replaced.

  • Xfce sounds more up your alley.. Have you tried it? – Seth Oct 22 '14 at 21:23
  • Yeah I mainly just use ubuntu-studio (which is xfce) with all panels disabled and cairo-dock on the left side. That's the best so far... – Joshua Doomslang McCormack Oct 22 '14 at 21:26
  • I'm not sure I understand what you mean by "classic style applications menu".. Could you clarify that? – Seth Oct 22 '14 at 21:29
  • Where you just click a menu button and all your programs are displayed and arranged by type (internet, games, media, etc). – Joshua Doomslang McCormack Oct 22 '14 at 21:32
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You can always switch to the gnome desktop. Open a terminal and issue the following command.

sudo apt-get update; sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback

Logout and then back in, choosing Gnome. (You'll have to click the Ubuntu symbol next to your user name on the login screen to access the options for Gnome Metacity and Gnome Compiz).

  • Yeah, I am aware of that. It's not really what I am looking for though. The closest thing I can find is something called Cardapio, but it appears the ppa doesn't work anymore? Anyone know how to get Cardapio if the ppa isn't working? link – Joshua Doomslang McCormack Oct 22 '14 at 20:47
  • @JoshuaDoomslangMcCormack The comment section is for comments, requesting clarification and such if you have a new question please use the ask question button at the upper right. I'm sorry my solution wasn't the one you wanted. – Elder Geek Oct 22 '14 at 20:50
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you can install Cardapio as following:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cardapio

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