Install necessary packages
In order to have Gnome classical appearance on Ubuntu 11.10 you need to install gnome-shell and gnome-panel, a following reboot -from my experience – is preferable.
imame@meta:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome-shell gnome-panel imame@meta:~$ # blabla while packages are being installed imame@meta:~$ sudo reboot
Log in using Gnome Classical
Before opening your session, clear the gear next to your name and choose Gnome Classical.
Tweak with Gnome Tweak Tool
You can personalize you desktop with the Gnome Tweak Tool:
imame@meta:~$ sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool
The launcher is located here: Applications > Others > Advanced Settings
Where is “Add to panel” and others?
Now in order to have the penel related options a simple right click won’t work, you need to Alt+ right click
Thanks for reading!