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Cardapio GNOME Shell

Cardapio is a menu for GNOME that can work as a panel, AWN or Cairo Dock applet and even as a stand-alone application.

Besides being able to launch and search applications, Cardapio can also:
  • pin applications for quicker access
  • perform searches on your computer (file or full-text search) and even Google, Wikipedia or YouTube
  • integrate with VirtualBox (so you can launch VMs straight from the menu), Tomboy, Ubuntu Software Center and Pidgin
  • display recent documents with the help of Zeitgeist and more.
  • much more

To keep Cardapio up to date with recent GNOME changes, a GNOME Shell extension has been released. The extension displays Cardapio next to the Activities button:

Cardapio GNOME Shell

The icon can be turned off if you don't like it (but it can't be customized yet) and the "Menu" text can be changed to anything you want. Also, Cardapio uses Super + Space as the default keyboard shortcut but you can change it from its options.

Install Cardapio GNOME Shell extension in Ubuntu

To install Cardapio GNOME Shell extension in Ubuntu, use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cardapio-team/unstable
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cardapio cardapio-gnomeshell

Once installed, restart GNOME Shell and then activate Cardapio from GNOME Tweak Tool (it's available in the Ubuntu 11.10 official repositories).

Important: do not enable the SoftwareCenter plugin because for now there's a bug which will prevent Cardapio from starting in Ubuntu 11.10. If you've enabled it, see THIS commend on how to disable it.

Unfortunately I wasn't able to run Cardapio in Fedora but if you manage to get it to work, let us know how you've done it in the comments!

If you're not using Ubuntu, download Cardapio via Launchpad.