Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/189819/how-to-add-a-taskbar-to-the-desktop-in-ubuntu-14.04/
If you’ve switched to Ubuntu from Windows, it may take some time to get used to the new and different interface. However, you can easily incorporate a familiar Windows feature, the Taskbar, into Ubuntu to make the transition easier.
This is absurd...if someone chooses Ubuntu then they should use Ubuntu how it was designed to be...arbitrarily changing it to fit a completely different paradigm that has no guarantee if the project will continue or not is just silly.
If you want Ubuntu 14.04 but don't want to use the Ubuntu interface then just use Linux Mint or Kubuntu to get the "Windows-User-Friendly" interface structure.
It doesn't make any sense at all to use Ubuntu and then arbitrarily try to make it Windows.
Finally ... after so many years
Oh my gosh. Why?
I have to agree with @MichaelTunnell. This is like someone switching to OS X and trying to make it look/act like Windows. Different Operating Systems do things differently for pretty specific reasons (usually). If you don't like the way one OS works, then no amount of patches are going to solve that. You're probably using the wrong OS.
Linux is not a better version of Windows. If you want to use windows then use windows. To decide to use something then want to make it more like the thing you left is absurd. That is my opinion.
Why install a task bar? Alt+Tab is better to choose windows to switch to anyway.
Of course you are free to do what you desire.
For those who don't like Unity, install another desktop. I have tested XFCE on Ubuntu and it works just fine and quickly. Yes I know all about Xubuntu but I wanted to test it on the default Ubuntu with Unity to see if it can help save a reinstallation for people.
1 For, 3 Against. Now make that 2 For.
Having just started with Ubuntu, I didn't (and to a very large extent, still don't) know an awful lot about it, what it looks like, how it performs, what I'll miss from Windows. Frankly, I'm struggling to take in all the info that's being thrown at me.
So now, because I've installed something to make it easier to DO WHAT I WANT TO DO, I've committed some sort of cyber crime? I don't want to install yet another version of Linux, I'm having enough problems with this one, thanks, and I'm not going to throw away 3-4 weeks of effort just because someone thinks it is wrong to install something that didn't come in the original package. Sorry purists, but I'll install what I want on my system if it makes it easier for me.
I'm sorry to see the above remarks, it reminds me of the early days of Windows with 'Experts' with a capital E shouting 'Newbie' 'Newbie' at anyone who had the temerity to ask a basic question about the system.
I doubt I'll be back on these forums. I don't need the Experts telling me what I'm dis/allowed to install, hope that's what you all wanted.
Opinions are like rear ends-everyone has one. If someone's opinion frightens you then that is something you need to take a look at. No one is telling you what you can or can not do. Your perception is not correct.
This is a hint at what your mindset is about. You think this is a popularity contest or that the idea that gets the most "likes" is declared "law". The purpose of these type topics is for us to discuss pro and con the topic under discussion. You are missing the whole point because your ego is offended.
I would suggest being a big boy and sticking around. There is a lot of good info here in this community.
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