Apologies in advance if I mix up some of the terms used in this question, I'll be as detailed as I can.
Using Raring 13.04 64 Bit.
What I would like, is to use gnome with a top panel for launchers, notifications, and indicators, a bottom panel showing running applications. Also, I would like to use some of the features of compiz (which seems to be still buggin in 13.04 -- separte story).
To that end, I've installed the gnome-fallback package. Upon login, I get the options for Fallback and Fallback-no effects. I use the no-effects session to set up launchers on the top panel, and the gnome fallback -- with effects -- for actual work. At least, that was the plan.
Now, in a regular Gnome3 session, I get the launcher that looks like a large panel/bar on the left, what is that called, unity? In any case, I do apologize deeply to the developers for being such a primitive boob, but I simply don't like it. I see no progress, no advantage, in having to bump a window's titlebar against the top panel and hover over it to see the application's menu, but then again, I'm a primitive boob, so I apologize to the developers. That's why I went through the trouble of installing the fallback session options.
So this was working for a few hours, then after enabling static application switching in compiz, I get the launch-bar on the left, IN THE FALLBACK session. Also, I have no menus in open applications -- I mean the "File Edit View" etc menus you get with practically every application. I found some "ask ubuntu" advice to do the following in a terminal:
dconf reset -f /org/compiz
unity --reset-icons &disown
That left me with windows with menus as I wanted, but no window titlebar. I double-checked in CCSM, the Windows Decorations was enabled. Disabled-reenabled, same result
Rebooting into the same fallback session, I get the launcher on the left again, and no menus on any open application, which all have their titlebars.
So what I would like:
1. No big fat launcher on the left, right, or anywhere. I want the launchers I set up on the top panel.
2. Windows should have titlebars, with the menu, min/max/close buttons.
3. Application windows should have their menus.
4. Be able to use all that in a gnome-fallback WITH effects session.
Am I expecting too much?
I'd be grateful for any assistance you can offer. Please help, because after trying Precise-LTS-gnome with/without fallback, Precise-LTS-xubuntu, and Raring-gnome, each with its own problems, I'm at the end of my rope with Ubuntu.
Thanks in advance, and again, my apologies to the developers.