I have a Mac laptop, which I am very fond of; and on it I use Quicksilver which I find inordinately useful (to the point that I have trouble using other people’s Macs if they don’t have it). There is a project available entitled Gnome Launchbox which claims to be an effort to do a similar thing for Linux, which I’ve been meaning to experiment with for ages.
First order of business: upgrade to etch, as GLB requires evolution-data-server 1.2. I was expecting this to be a nuisance, & possibly lead to an exciting couple of hours of post-upgrade fixing. However, in fact it all went absolutely smoothly. I am most impressed (not to mention relieved, as I have a whole bunch of machines to upgrade when it finally gets released).
However, gnome-launchbox was still no go; the version of GTK-2.0 required is 2.10, and etch only provides 2.8.20. I’m not sufficiently keen on this exercise to start building from source or hauling in packages from unstable. I tried the 0.1 release (current is 0.2) but that produced weird make errors.
The next possibility was Katapult. Which may or may not be a good piece of software; sadly their webpage times out so I can’t find out.
Anyone encountered anything else that has a similar function? I may just switch window managers (I’ve been recommended xfce) and start setting up lots of keyboard shortcuts…