Gnome Do is an application launcher for the Gnome Desktop that works quite well. In addition to being an application launcher, Gnome Do is capable of performing many other actions including quick online searching, quick music access, etc. I managed to install and try it on my Ubuntu Gutsy Desktop, and wanted to introduce it to Killer Tech Tips readers.
Gnome Do Installation
Like installing many other applications on Ubuntu, installing Gnome Do was also easy. I’ll only talk about installing it on Ubuntu. If you’re on some other Linux Distro, you could try the methods mentioned here.
Ubuntu Users: Go to your terminal and type:
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Add the line below to the file that opens on gedit:
deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ubuntu gutsy main
Once that is done, save the file and close gedit. Return back to the terminal. Type in the following to update the repository list:
sudo apt-get update
Then give the following command to install Gnome Do:
sudo apt-get install gnome-do
Using Gnome Do
Now that Gnome Do is installed, you can find an option to launch it in the Applications > Accessories menu.
Gnome Do is not added to the start up programs list. You may want to go to System > Preferences > Sessions and add gnome-do –quiet to make Gnome Do start up automatically when Ubuntu boots up.
By default, the Win Key + Space shortcut is used to bring Gnome Do into focus. Type in something, and Gnome Do will offer possible options. For example, as I type in ‘sud’, I get the following suggestions:
Since I want to run the Sudoku game, I press Enter.
If you’re offered multiple options, you can use the arrow keys to cycle through them, one by one.
Gnome Do – Customization and Plugins
You can customize the Gnome Do shortcut (default is Win key + Space). To do that, you’ll have to start the gconf-editor by typing in Configuration Editor on Gnome Do. go to /apps/gnome-do/preferences/ and change the value.
Like many other open source applicatinos, Gnome Do also supports plugins which can be used to add, or enhance built-in functions. A handful of plugins are available currently. Expect more to arrive as Gnome Do develops.
How to install Plugins
To install a plugin, drop the downloaded .dll file in the ~/.local/share/gnome-do/plugins/ where ~ is your home directory path.
If you’ve got any questions, or willing to participate in the project, go to the LaunchPad site.
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