Use Avant Window Navigator in Oneiric

You will need to have the following packages installed: gnome-session-fallback, avant-window-navigator.
If you don’t have them open a terminal and

sudo apt-get install gnome-session-fallback avant-window-navigator

Logout and login with the new session “gnome classic”

If you haven’t already configured AWN, start awn-settings and configure awn as you need to. Make sure you add a menu widget, the notification widget and the systray widget and then tick the box to start awn automatically. At that point you can safely proceed.

Then open a terminal and

gnome-session-properties

Press the Add button and add the command

compiz --replace

to the Command field. The exit and open a terminal. and:

sudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/gnome-classic.session

then remove “gnome-panel;” from the line containing required components.

Close gedit and:

sudo gedit /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/gnome-fallback.session

As before and remove “gnome-panel;” from line containing required components

Exit gedit then Logout and login to the Gnome Classic session. Awn should be working

After an update, what appeard to be a Gnome Top Bar came back. Panel was still not listed in required components. Since I’m using AWN as my launcher I don’t need or want a Top Panel.

This fixed it:

Open a terminal and:

echo '[ ${DESKTOP_SESSION#ubuntu} = $DESKTOP_SESSION ] && unset UBUNTU_MENUPROXY' | sudo tee /etc/X11/Xsession.d/81ubuntu-menu-proxy

The log out and log back in.

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  1. Thanks! Gnome3 top panel was making me insane!

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