When I switched to Oneiric, I tried Unity and GNOME Shell however I found I preferred my classic setup of GNOME Panel and used a external application launcher.
However, I was surprised to find that GNOME Panel had not very well maintained in Oneiric. In fact it is buggy and I had to go through some effort to get Indicators working on it.
After looking at GNOME Panel and other options (such as wingpanel) I realised there was not a quick, stable, extensible (and pretty!) desktop panel for GTK.
So I made one
SlickPanel is a modern panel that provides common tools such as a list of open windows and an indicator bar.
Its goals are:
- Provide a robust, and quick desktop panel
- Make it easy to customise and extend, rather than hide options
- Use modern technologies rather than be backwards-compatible
- Make it easy to hack on!
SlickPanel is not ready for production use, this is an alpha release. Currently it will provide a panel at the top of the screen, containing a list of open windows (which can be minimized, maximized etc.) and the list of indicators.
In the next release I will try to focus on customisability (is that a word?) – making it easy to configure SlickPanel exactly the way you want it (https://blueprints.launchpad.net/slickpanel/+spec/configuration).
How to Install
Add the SlickPanel Daily PPA to your Software Sources and the install the package slickpanel. Then run it using the command slickpanel