ClassicMenu Indicator is an open source software that provides Ubuntu users with a classic main menu used on traditional desktop environments, in the form of an indicator (notification area applet).
Features at a glance
The application categorizes the installed applications by Accessories, Games, Graphics, Internet, Office, Other, Programming, Sound & Video, System Tools, and Universal Access. Furthermore, the software will display all the applications that were installed via the Wine application in a separate entry.
Additionally, the system settings are also displayed and categorized by Personal, Hardware and System. The indicator also displays an entry with its own settings, allowing users to change the icon displayed on the panel, show hidden entries, use an compact menu, as well as to display or hide the menu icons.
A clone of GNOME 2's main menu
It will provide a clone of the main menu used in the deprecated GNOME 2 desktop environment, also known as the GNOME Classic session. Under the hood, it requires the following Python packages: python-gmenu, python-appindicator, python-gtk2, and python-gobject.
ClassicMenu Indicator has been specifically tailored for the modern Ubuntu user who hates the Unity Dash, giving them the possibility to launch applications from a traditional menu.
Getting started with ClassicMenu Indicator
The program is available for download as binary and source archives, compatible with any Ubuntu-based operating system that uses the Unity user interface. However, the developer also maintains a PPA repository where Ubuntu users can find the latest version of the package.
Once installed, users will need to search and open the application from the Unity Dash. It will immediately appear on the system tray area, next to the clock, network indicator, messaging menu, character map selector and volume.
Overall, it is one of the best and useful indicators for the Unity panel of the Ubuntu Linux operating system, especially for those who don’t like the Unity interface and don’t have time to install another desktop environment.