[ubuntu] 11.10 help gnome

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http://ubuntuforums.org – let me jump right into it i just i was using black buntu and it was bugging me about upgrading to 11.10 so i did now i cant see my gnome panel i googled like hell and i keep getting all these bull instructions.. im looking for that gnome panel where u can right click on it and u get a opiton to edit the panel.. the same gnome panel that backtrack uses the one that got (Application, Places, then system) on it NOT just applications and places can anyone help (Hardware)