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:


You're not limited to simple actions. GNOME Do's plugin interface allows for many different actions to be added. For example, you could search Wikipedia.

GNOME Do Wikipedia

You can even do track management of media players like Rhythmbox. Pressing the down arrow pops up a menu of alternate choices.

GNOME Do Rhythmbox

Other types of actions include Twitter, connecting to SSH, system actions, among others.

If you're a Katapult user, you can see it looks very familiar. You can get it from the author's website, and some newer distribution releases also have it available in their archives.

Avatar for jacob Jacob Peddicord -

Jacob is a web developer, student, and programmer from Ohio. He is a staff member at the Ubuntu Forums and is most likely a fanboy of the distribution. He loves to write in code and words, play video games, and rant about topics most would have abandoned long ago. Jacob uses GNOME and is never seen running stable software, much to the demise of his laptop.

Home » Articles »

Discussion: GNOME Do

  1. Diego (guest)

    # Posted on 13 April 2008 at 04:05 AM

    does it still having the bug of all firefox bookmarks spamming the down list?

    If i write home, the only item which does not apear is my local home folder. Only apears bookmarks

  2. Conor (guest)

    # Posted on 15 April 2008 at 07:04 AM

    Diego's remark is spot-on. I <i>hated</i> this about Katapult, and it never learned as quickly as Quicksilver when I corrected it. I've read that the Gnome Do author will make bookmarks completely removable from the database in an upcoming version (might even be out already).

    Same about "home." Inexcusable. But I guess it would be trivial to write a "home" plugin.

Home » Articles » GNOME Do