GNOME Do vs Launchy

Launchy and GNOME Do are both two launcher programs that are designed to let you quickly open applications and files and perform tasks you want done quickly, with just the tapping of a few keys.

Previously, Launchy had been an open source solution, albeit for Windows only, and GNOME Do was the Linux solution.

Launchy is now available for Linux too, so I thought I would do a brief side-by-side ...

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GNOME Do

Peter told you about Katapult for KDE. It's a general purpose launcher made to launch applications by typing them.

To fuel the KDE vs. GNOME debate further comes GNOME Do. Just like Katapult, applications are launched simply by typing the name. A quick key press of Super+Space (Windows+Space) brings up the dialog, at which point anything can be typed in:

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You're not limited to simple actions ...

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Katapult - a general purpose launcher for KDE

Launcher applications such as LaunchBar and Launchy over on other platforms are becoming increasingly popular.

The idea is quite simple - the application springs into action when you hit a keystroke, and then you start typing an application's name. As you type, the list of applications filters, so you can type just a few characters and then press Enter to launch an app.

This is exactly how Katapult works. Press ...

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