Now a days every desktop for Linux has its own launcher/Main Menu, sometimes you want a replacement. There is no doubt that native desktop launcher can be perfect, optimized, smooth, speedy, and well functioning; Here comes another great launcher which can launch anything you want on your fingertips, it is fast, stable, smooth, and well optimized for Linux desktop. I am not trying to say that it is a best launcher of your desktop or neither it is a replacement for your desktop launcher, it is simply great launcher which can be used to get things done quickly.
Gnome-Pie is an awesome circular launcher designed to be fun, fast and visually appealing for Linux desktop. Basically it is made of several pies, each pie consist of multiple slices. The use can press a key stroke to open desired pie. By activating one of its slices, applications may be launched, key presses may be simulated or files can be opened.
There are many application launcher available which uses keyboard mainly such as Gnome-Do, Synapse, Kupfer, Unity Dash, Gnome Activities, etc.. Using these launchers you must type something to search your desired application/file/folder but in Gnome-Pie you simply click on your pie application, also you can create your custom pie and add custom apps/files/folders to that pie. Gnome-Pie uses a different approach: The user does not need to remember the name of an application - just the direction has to be remembered.
Gnome-Pie can be customized easily, you can set your own shortcut key to access specific pie; create your new pie and add slices(applications/commands) to it; change appearance(theme) of pie (pre-designed themes available); start Gnome-Pie on login and display panel indicator/icon; increase/decrease size of pie; enable/disable slice labels of applications, and more.
Available for Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid/14.10 Utopic/14.04 Trusty/Linux Mint 17.1/17/other Ubuntu derivatives/and 0.5.7 version in Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 13.
To install Gnome-Pie in Ubuntu/Linux Mint open terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
After installation open Gnome-pie from menu and press Ctrl+Alt+A to check Application menu, You can add or delete apps from its preferences.