Gnome2 Global-Menu Applet for Ubuntu 2 comments

Gnome2 Global-Menu is the globally-shared menu bar of all applications launched in your desktop session. As we all know that Ubuntu 11.04 Alpha 2 and Ubuntu 10.10 Netbook Edition comes with a Global menu, we are here to discuss the installation of Gnome2 Global Menu for GTK Applications in Ubuntu Gnome . Gnome2 Global Menu has a PPA to make the installation easy for Ubuntu 9.10, 10.04 and 10.10.

Download :->

Gnome2 Global Menu

Installation :->

Method I -> Open the terminal and type :-

For Ubuntu 10.10 :-

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:nilarimogard/webupd8
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-globalmenu

For Ubuntu 9.10 & 10.04 LTS :-

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:globalmenu-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-globalmenu

and done. Relogin to your account to get it working.

Method II -> This method will work on Ubuntu 9.10 to 11.04 alpha 2. What you need to do is; download the above file, just extract it and

cd ~/Desktop/gnome-globalmenu-0.7.10/

Access this directory via Nautilus and open gedit and add these lines to the file and save it as ‘’.

#if which > /dev/null; then
#libtoolize –force
intltoolize –force
#aclocal -I autotools
#automake –add-missing
env ACLOCAL=”aclocal -I autotools” autoreconf -vi
./configure –enable-maintainer-mode $*

And now, install the following packages :-

sudo apt-get install intltool libtool libgtk2.0-dev libwnck* libgnome-menu* libpanelapplet-* libnotify* xfce4-panel*

Now run ‘aclocal’ :

sudo aclocal

Start the compilation process :

./ –prefix=/usr –sysconfdir=/etc –disable-tests –without-xfce4-panel
export GTK_MODULES=globalmenu-gnome
sudo make install

and done.  Logout and log back in.

After the installation, simply click ‘Add to panel’ and select ‘Gnome2 Global Menu’. Take a look :

Njoy !

Thanks to Webupd8 and Ubuntu-forums.

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