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July 3rd, 2010, 08:47 PM

I'm new to Ubuntu (actually Linux in general) and am trying to get into it. Right now I am just fooling around with the look of my desktop. I have figured out how to mess around with themes and docks a little bit, but I am having two problems. I hope someone can help me. I realize this has most likely been asked before, but I have searched for a while and could not find my answers.

How do I get rid of the default menu system and get a 'task bar' up top like I see in everyone's screen shots? I have uploaded an image to show what I am talking about. (Screen shot -1)
Every once in a while my top bar and bottom dock just disappear visually. Or sometimes my application windows will just disappear visually. I have to reboot to get them back. If I had a video going in youtube for example, I can still hear the sound but I cant see anything (even using alt+tab, etc) I have to attached an image to show this (Screen shot -2)

Thanks for your help,

July 3rd, 2010, 10:12 PM
There is a huge variety of docks/launchers/panels you can choose to install to replace the standard panel. You could try awn, or cairo dock, or ...

No idea on your second problem. Sorry.

July 3rd, 2010, 10:40 PM
press-> alt+f2
type-> gnome-panel
(if by chance your using metacity compositing, you need to turn off undecorate in maximus, there not compatible & will make the panel invisible.)

i suspect your using metacity composite with maximus.

July 5th, 2010, 08:31 AM
Thanks for the help guys.

What you suggested worked for me Kerry, I turned off undecorate in the gconf-editor.

Now that I know the top taskbar is called a panel in linux I tried doing some research. I found out that I needed to switch to a "desktop" mode, but couldn't figure out how to do that. I went through the process of disabling the start-up applications related to this netbook window management. However, the panel that I am left with is all dumbed down. I cannot add or remove items to it.

I have created a post in the newbie forums, which might be a better place for this. I will just link it here in the interest of not spamming multiple boards with the same problem.

Thanks again,