Have you looked in /usr/share/applications/ to drag icons from to desktop (or does this folder exist in ubuntu -- I've forgotten!)?
yes, I can do that, but I still cannot move the icon to the panel.
perhaps my issue would be better asked as, "how to add/remove items from/to the top panel in Ubuntu 11.10" ?
(ALT+Right Click does not work) or "is there any way to add a Gnome context menu to Ubuntu" ?
thanks so far