Re: Global Menu look
What Desktop Environment are you using?
The behavior that you describe happens only with Firefox?
I love the Global Menu approach myself too, it seems like a very clever idea to gain screen real state, and to have all the menu options on the same place of the screen all the time.
If you are using GNOME 3, the Classic one, you can use the Indicator Applet Ported To GNOME 3, Can Already Be Used In Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot Classic GNOME 3 Session, it works Ok on 12.04.
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