Written by drinkypoo the 4 Apr 09 at 14:25.
Related project: Gnome.
If you want a GNOME desktop but think the gnome-panel is a waste of your screen real estate then Ubuntu Intrepid is the worst version of Ubuntu yet released. Whoever's idea it is (probably GNOME's) the gnome-panel is now more difficult to eliminate than ever. It forces itself on you with as much vigor as a piece of malware!
Why would you want to be able to do this? The gnome-panel looks stupid no matter what you do to it, and it can be completely replaced by any number of other navigation systems including avant-window-navigator (available from Ubuntu repos) or even just a terminal and a system tray like trayer.
At very minimum the gnome-panel must at least have an option for "always beneath". As it is, it is impossible to disable the "always on top" option for the last gnome-panel! How is this not malware?
To permanently remove the panel, remove the panel entry from /desktop/gnome/session/required_components_list in gconf.
IMHO I think its good that Gnome protects its vital components like this. A not so experienced user who accidently deleted all his panels, cant find the menu and have no way of logging out, will turn his back to Ubuntu pretty quickly.
But it should be easy enough to turn it off like it used to - turn off the restart from the sessions. But you can't anymore and you have to go all sorts of weird places to customize gnome, which works fine for me otherwise.