Disable Gnome-Panel on Ubuntu Karmic Koala

8 11 2009

Hey all. I’ve recently upgraded my home desktop to Ubuntu’s latest release, version 9.10 Karmic Koala. I’ve also spent some time messing with my desktop, and am now using AWN (Avant Window Navigator) as my main launcher/menu, so needed to stop Gnome Panel from starting on bootup.

This is done by running gconf-editor (either from a run dialog or from CLI), and navigating to Desktop –> Gnome –> Session –> Required-Components. Now you will have three values in the panel on the right. Change the value of “Panel” from “gnome-panel” to “” (blank). Note that in order for this to work, you’ll need to have another panel application (e.g. AWN) running and in your startup programs folder.

Just a quick one. Took me bloody ages to find this out, so hope this has made things easier for some of you!