Sunday, July 01, 2007

Gimmie an awesome main-menu

Gimmie is a neat organiser/launcher for all your stuff on Gnome. You can add it to your gnome panel's as an applet, or as a stand alone dock.

It's a big improvement over existing menu-based structures (although I've yet to learn any nice keyboard shortcuts).

It splits things up into colour-coded tabs:

linux | programs, | library | people

You'll find synaptic, settings & places under 'linux';

your usual apps under 'programs';

documents, tomboy notes, music & media in 'library';

and contacts from Gaim/Pidgin under 'people'.

There's plans to integrate google contacts, flickr and the like in too.

What really makes it useful is that each has a set of buttons which act like filters - and one is "Recently Used". I've found that after a few days it learns the apps I use, the people I chat with and the doc's I'm working on. I just leave the Recently used button down and hardly ever have to go searching.

You can find gimmie in universe of Feisty, but it's in heavy development.

Get the latest from source.

./configure -prefix=/usr
make
sudo make install


NOTE:
The "-prefix=/usr" tells it to install in /usr - instead of /usr/local. Without it, the applet won't show up when you "Add to panel" (seems only /usr/lib/bonobo/servers is searched for applets and not /usr/local/lib/bonobo/servers).

Oh, and you'll need to sudo apt-get install python-gtk2-dev

More info here: http://www.beatniksoftware.com/blog/?p=53<

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