Tired and bored of the Gnome main menu on your Ubuntu desktop? Want to bring more eye candy to your desktop? There are a number of options you can choose from to suit your fancy.
One common alternative is the GnoMenu which is a fully functional menu that is theme-able. This menu even boasts of being able to mimic menus from other operating systems like Windows. There is also Slab which is a menu developed by SUSE (I think) specifically for the Gnome desktop. Not as fancy-looking compared to GnoMenu but it provides just as much capability to its intended task minus the themes.
Then there is mintMenu. This one does not pretend to be anything fancy but it is still good-looking and as capable as all the other menus. It is said to be derived from Slab and is the main menu for the awesome Linux Mint distro.
How to install Mint Menu (mintMenu) on Ubuntu.
If you want this one on your Ubuntu desktop there is an easy way to do it, thanks to the guys at WebUpd8 who packaged it and uploaded it to its own Launchpad PPA. All you need to to do is add the PPA to your software repository source, then you will be able to install Mint Menu.
1) Open Ubuntu Software Center, click Edit, then select Software Sources. Type in your password when it asks for it since this requires administrator privilege.
2) Once the software sources window is out, select the tab named Other Software, then click on Add. It will then ask you to ‘Enter the complete APT line of the repository that you want to add as source.’ Type the following – ppa:webupd8team/mintmenu – as shown below.
3) Wait for the list (cache) to get updated. Return to Get Software and type “mintmenu” in the search box. The item should appear as shown below. Once it is there, go ahead and install Mint Menu.
1) If you are more comfortable installing via a terminal this is all you have to do.
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/mintmenu
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install mintmenu
Note that at the time of this writing this Mint Menu package is only available for Ubuntu versions 10.04 Lucid Lynx and 9.10 Karmic Koala.