CardapioA lean application menu and launcher for Gnome.
Cardapio can work in two modes: as a panel applet (in which case it is an alternative to Gnome's application menu applet) or as a stand-alone launcher (in which case it is an alternative to the simplest use-cases of Gnome Do). It has a beautiful gtk-native interface and includes plugins for performing inline searches of Files (via Tracker), Software Center, Google, Wikipedia, and much more!
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There are many Ubuntu users who like Unity interface and its ability to optimize screen space. But the default main menu is a bit of pain as all the categories are hidden by default and it does not support wine menus. There is an application lens but it is way down at the bottom, not movable and most of the time it is folded as I pin lots of applications on Unity launcher. But, you can now permanently have another classic Gnome style menu in Unity itself, thanks to Cardapio. Cardapio has an excellent plug-in system which not only provide similar functionality to the default Unity menu but is actually more powerful than it. You can create your own plug-in as there is a dedicated API for it. Also Cardapio menu is theme-able. Though there are not many themes available as of now, you can find some of them on the web.
Cardapio Launcher Unity (Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal)
- Cardapio - Get the Best of Both Worlds,Your Own Alternative to the Default Unity Main Menu
- Get the Best of Both Worlds,Your Own Alternative to the Default Unity Main Menu ~ Ubuntu Vibes
- Cardapio unstable : “Cardapio team” team
- Cardapio in Launchpad
- YouTube - Cardapio Launcher Unity (Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal)