Fix for missing System Menu (Preferences and Administration) in Gnome 2 (Debian, Ubuntu, etc)
I'm running Debian Wheezy (testing) and noticed that Preferences and Administration launchers have gone missing from my System menu. After some digging, the reason appears to be that Gnome 3 has been released and its packages have been making their way into my system. Perhaps because I update with "aptitude safe-upgrade" instead of "full-upgrade", Gnome 2 hasn't been replaced with Gnome 3 entirely. So far the missing menu items have been the only symptom I've noticed.
Anyway, my fix is more of a workaround and it consists of simply creating a custom application launcher for the Gnome Control Center which seems to provide access to all the admin tools previously accessible via the Preferences and Administration menus.
To create a launcher:
- Right click the top panel
- Select "Add to Panel" > "Custom Application Launcher", click "Add"
Name: Gnome Control Center
- Click "Close"
Clicking the new launcher should open up the Gnome Control Center with all the admin tools in one handy place:
To see what's in store for me with Gnome 3, I did a fresh install of Debian Wheezy on another partition and was pleasantly surprised by how nice default Debian Gnome 3 theme looks, though I'll still probably look for a darker theme.