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Classic Menu Indicator

Ever since i installed Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) on my grandfathers computer a few years ago, he's been Ubuntu fan. He's used to the layout, configuration, and even started to learn some terminal commands (he's pretty good with DOS, so im sure he'll pick up terminal pretty quick). So when i upgraded him from 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) to Ubuntu 12.04 (Precise Pangoline), he was sort of disappointed. To explain why, take a look at this screenshot of 10.04, you can see that it has the start menu in the top right corner, which accesses your programs, settings, and basically everything else that you normally use:

Ubuntu 10.04 screenshot

Now, if you take a look at the screenshot of 12.04, you will notice that the menu is gone, and has been replaced with the sidebar. The sidebar looks good, but for someone with an older computer like my grandfathers, it takes more than a few seconds to open the Ubuntu Software Center, which is the new way to access your programs:

Ubuntu 12.04 Screenshot

So what did i do to appease him, i downloaded and installed "Classic Menu Indicator". Classic Menu Indicator installs a icon in the notification area (usually top right) and brings back the usual Ubuntu menu, that so many of us are so fond of seeing. 


To install, first open up Terminal with CTRL+ALT+T, then once Terminal is open, run this command to add the PPA archive:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:diesch/testing

 Then, to install, run this command:

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install classicmenu-indicator

 Next, you will have to open it from Ubuntu Software Center (you can use the search to help find it), and after its opened, it will dock to the top panel, and thats its! Its installed:

Classic Menu Indicator Screenshot

Alternate Downloads

If you dont want to use the recommended way of installation using Terminal (shown above), here are a the .deb and .tar files linked from the developers site:

classicmenu-indicator_0.08ubuntu2_all.deb (16.2 KByte - MD5:ecd6484ce885070cadac368f287db1b1)

classicmenu-indicator-0.08ubuntu2.tar.gz (27.4 KByte - MD5:511828d42edc37ecd3fe12d00cc5e934)

After you installed ClassicMenu Indicator will be started automatically when you next log in. Or you can use the dash or the command line to start ClassicMenu Indicator (useclassicmenu-indicatoron the command line).

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