Since a lot of the development in Lucid appears to be cosmetic, I’m sticking with Karmic for the meanwhile. I’m a big fan of the Elementary theme whose items seem to complement Human so well and until bits of Lucid Me menu come floating past, I’m happy in elementary-mode. So finding an Elementary-themed gnomenu is great, besides, I think the current Ubuntu “menu bar” (UMB) in Karmic should rather be a sub-set of Gnomenu, since the xml specification in Gnomenu is a lot better. Ideally I would want to install the default menu bar with the kind of functionality that Gnomenu brings — UMB really is slow compared to Gnomenu — but that might be like giving people a high-end user experience, and I don’t have any way of comparing this on slower machines without graphics cards, so bare with me.
If you willing to shift things around on your desktop a bit, here is what you need to do:
1. Add the Gnomenu Team Repo
#GnomeMenu deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnomenu-team/ppa/ubuntu karmic main #GnoMenu Team deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/gnomenu-team/ppa/ubuntu karmic main #Gnomenu Team Source
2. Update and Install Gnomenu
apt-get install gnomenu
3. Remove Ubuntu Menu Bar
right click on the ubuntu icon and remove from panel
4. Add Gnomenu to top panel
right click on panel and add gnomenu
5. Download and Install Elementary Theme
Download this file and place it in a folder somewhere.
Right click gnomenu button, select properties and choose install under menu selection
6. Select the menu button of your choice.
I found this great ubuntu newlook button on Gnomelook uploaded by Bear73
8. Reload Gnomenu
Try it out, if you don’t like you can always remove and add UMB to the panel again.