After installing Ubuntu 11.10 I headed straight for an install of gnome-shell, I’ve been using it for a couple of months without any issue and got used to it enough that it wouldn’t impede on my workflow. That was until this release, when it was officially supported by Canonical and all of a sudden it’s broken and mostly useless. So off to Xfce I go, it’s like gnome2 but way more customisable and actually pretty sweet.
However because I installed from a clean Ubuntu install rather than an xubuntu install I noticed that I still have the global menu (or appmenu-*) floating at the top under the default panel. To remove it, since it’s doing nothing and it looks plain stupid with transparency added to the panel.
It’s pretty simple to uninstall, just open up a terminal window and use the following command:
sudo apt-get remove appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt
Now just re-start X (log out and in again, restart the computer) and when you return, it should be gone.
And if you ever feel the need to want it back, maybe you want to give unity another try then use the following command:
sudo apt-get install appmenu-gtk3 appmenu-gtk appmenu-qt