Optimize Gnome Globalmenu

March 11, 2009

I installed globalmenu to get more vertical space. Today, I optimized the horizontal space. Therefore, I right clicked on the top panel and click add to panel. I have choosen Gnome Main Menu. This one only shows the ubuntu icon on the panel without the Application, Places and System menus. These old menus I removed with a right click remove. Done.

If you want to see how it finally looks like check this out.

Even More Space With Cairo Dock

March 11, 2009

Last time I talked about globalmenu. Today, I show you how you get even more space by replacing the bottom gnome panel with a dock like cairo-dock.

First you need to get the key of this unsigned package:

wget -q http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu/cairo-dock.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Next, add

deb http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu intrepid cairo-dock

to your sources.list

Install it:

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

Choose your desired theme (e.g. Clear) and you are almost done.

To start cairo-dock automatically opening System > Preferences > Sessions and at an entry with the command cairo-dock.

Log off and on and your cairo-dock should be available at the bottom of your screen. Now, the former bottom panel is of no value anymore so I removed it.