I suffered a network problem this week, that I misdiagnosed as being a laptop problem, when in fact, it was my router.
This in a round about way, led me to Install the latest version of Linux Mint - 9 Isadora, based on Ubuntu 10.4 Lucid Lynx, which in turn uses the amazing Debian core.
Enough reviews can be found around the Internet singing its praises, without me adding to the tune, but it truly is an excellent release.
However, this contribution to our wiki is not about the distro, but how to add an icon to the Panel - known as the task bar in MS Windows.
The first screen-shot shows a virgin Linux Mint installation. As you can see, it's remarkably uncluttered and suits me just fine. But there are certain icons that I use all the time and like to have available.
Adding an icon to the panel is a very easy task. Right-click the panel and select Add to Panel
Select Application Launcher.
and you will see a Firefox icon on the panel.
Now click on Close to close the application.
You can see the icon has been placed right in the middle of the panel and that may not be to your taste. It can easily be moved by right-clicking in the icon and selecting Move.
You will now see a little hand that will allow you to drag the icon to the position you require.
Finally, select Lock To Panel to lock it in place.
That's it folks!