In Episode 20 of the podcast, listener Ryan asked how to make the Ubuntu Gnome interface look more like Windows, so that his mother would feel more comfortable using Linux. One of our suggestions for Ryan was to tell her that he would "fix" it in two weeks. When she tried Windows again, two weeks later, she would realize how much nicer Linux is. ;-)
This article describes our alternate suggestion--to give the Gnome interface a Windows-like makeover. In Ubuntu, you have two panels. One at the top of the screen, and one at the bottom.
If you remove the lower panel and move the upper one to the bottom, now you have the equivalent of the Windows task bar. Here's how:
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