Global Menu puts the application menu bar int the upper panel.
Picture taken from the Global Menu project page.
I think the menu is not only nice on Netbooks. On my (widescreen) laptop I used to use it some time ago. What bothered me was that it is only working for GTK applikations and Pseudo GTK applications (like Firefox or OpenOffice), which do not use GTK widgets to draw their menu are not working.
But if the efforts of implementing it in the Netbook Edition work out, the use of the Gnome Global Menu on other systems will not be stopped by this issues again.
To install the Global Menu, use the developer PPA. Caution: This is an external source as well.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:globalmenu-team/ppa $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install gnome-globalmenu