Want to changes your Ubuntu looks like Mac OSX ones? Yes, we could!! Just install Mac4Lin v1.0 RC, it changes an appearance well. But wait, how about a “menubar” on Mac OSX panel? (We’ll call it Mac Global Menu). Rainwood make it’s possible now (thx for your hard works)!

OK, let’s go to gnome-globalmenu Home Pages and download some stuff. You could download manual a tarball, or just use SVN.

For example if Home’s our current directory:

$ cd ~

$ svn checkout http://gnome2-globalmenu.googlecode.com/svn/trunk/ gnome-globalmenu

$ cd gnome-globalmenu

$ ls # just to check files

If you don’t have SVN installed, just type this following command through the terminal:

$ sudo apt-get install subversion

Don’t forget to change you SVN configuration if you on proxy server:

$ nano ~/.subversion/servers

Just insert the proxy server and autentification user and password like this one:

http-proxy-host = yourproxy
http-proxy-port = yourport
http-proxy-exceptions = yourexceptionproxy
http-proxy-username = user
http-proxy-password = password

After the source downloaded, install these following software dependencies:

$ sudo apt-get install build-essential flex bison gnome-common libglib2.0-dev gtk-doc-tools autoconf2.13 automake1.9 libgtk2.0-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libwnck-dev libpanel-applet2-dev libgnome-menu-dev

Then download, extract, compile and install vala:

$ cd ~/

$ wget -c http://download.gnome.org/sources/vala/0.5/vala-0.5.1.tar.bz2

$ tar xjvf vala-0.5.1.tar.bz2

$ cd vala-0.5.1/


$ make

$ sudo make install

$ sudo ldconfig

Now, let’s back to the globalmenu directory that we’ve downloaded before:

$ cd ~/gnome-globalmenu

$ ./autogen.sh

$ ./configure –prefix=/usr

$ make

$ sudo make install

Do a little “modification” to your gnome:

$ nano ~/.gnomerc

Put the following line in the file, and then save:

export GTK_MODULES=globalmenu-gnome

Now you can see Global Menu Panel Applet can be added from Add to panel pop-up menu.

Owh ya, you must relogin :p (logout and login). If you don’t want to logout, just “restart” gnome panel.

$ killall gnome-panel

the final shortcut…