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.
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).
you can install Cardapio as following:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8 sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install cardapio