Customising Xubuntu

Kyle Smith kyle.smith at
Fri Apr 24 14:50:16 UTC 2009

Brian Astill wrote:
> I have installed Xubuntu 8.04 and now wish to customise/simplify 
> the menu for a basically computer-illiterate group of users.
> What I would _really_ like is an unaltered menu for me as root and 
> the simple one (no system stuff at all, etc) for all other users.
> Can this be done?
> Once the modifications are done, I want to transfer the result to 
> a CD (or USB stick, maybe) for installation in the target 
> systems.  Not sure how to do this.
> Helpful advice would be appreciated.

If you look at /home/username/.config/xfce4/panel you will see a file 

This file describes the XML file to use for the Applications menu.  It 
defaults to a public location:

You can clone this file and make any changes you like.  The downside is 
that Ubuntu has automation to update this menu as new packages are 
installed, and if you're not using the system menu file, this won't occur.


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