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Indeed, the system you are running on your machine already have launcher or in other case you are using minimal desktop or you don't like to scroll through launcher to find an App you want to launch. It won't be wrong to say Gnome-Pie can be alternative option to your Current OS menu. 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.
Gnome-Pie is around from quite a while and it does job very well, you can launch anything with just clicks quickly, and add your favorite applications in the launcher to access them fast. It is well optimized for almost every Linux desktop, so you don't need to worry about if it works on your desktop. Last year in September, 2016 most recent version of Gnome-Pie released by developer, this update mainly covers bug fixes and added a new feature a tiny new button to the "create-a-new-slice-to-launch-an-application-dialog". This button can be seen in the picture above! When this button is clicked, the user is presented with a list of all applications installed on the system. When one of those is selected, the entries for name, command and icon of the slice are automatically filled.

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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.
Slingscold Launcher offers two different versions one is full-screen and other is not but it has other feature 'filter icons'. Rest is pretty much same for both launchers.
Slingscold is full-screen lightweight application launcher written in Vala using GTK + Cairo, it is look like launchpad of Mac OS X. It's search perfect and throws applications by name priority whatever type. Whenever open Slingscold launcher it makes background wallpaper effect gradient for better look. By exploring pages it exposes all installed applications/and other icons.
It can work in all desktop environments such as Unity, Gnome, Gnome Classic, Mate, Cinnamon, KDE, XFCE, Cairo Dock session, Phanteon and LXDE.
Other version of Slingscold Launcher is not full-screen but also displays icons as filter like other desktops menus/dash does (Unity/Gnome shell).
Screenshots of Slingscold Launcher (With Filter - No Fullscreen)
Now a days most of the Linux desktops have their own Menu/launchers with search option like Ubuntu Unity has Dash, Gnome has Activities, KDE and Cinnamon has its own Menu, and so on. Launchers are used to search applications/files quickly as possible on finger tips. In past when Gnome didn't had Activities Menu then there was application Gnome-Do which still exist for current Linux versions but not widely used now and Gnome-Do is not been actively developed for a while. Native launchers can give you performance but if you want step forward and looking for an alternative for your Linux desktop then Synapse comes in handy.
Install Gnome-Do in Ubuntu 14.04/13.10/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 16/14/13/other Ubuntu derivatives

Do is an intelligent launcher tool that makes performing common tasks on your computer simple and efficient. Do not only allows you to search for items in your desktop environment (e.g. applications, contacts, bookmarks, files, music), it also allows you to specify actions to perform on search results (e.g. Run, Open, Email, Chat, Play, etc.) and it allows you to quickly search for many items present in your GNOME desktop environment (applications, Firefox bookmarks, files, artists and albums in Rhythmbox, Pidgin buddies, etc.).
Install Slingscold Launchpad Launcher in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy/Ubuntu 13.04 Raring/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal/Ubuntu 12.04 Precise/Linux Mint 15/14/13/other Ubuntu derivatives

Slingscold is full-screen lightweight application launcher written in Vala using GTK + Cairo, it is look like launchpad of Mac OS X.


Install Synapse launcher in Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy/13.04 Raring/12.10 Quantal/12.04 Precise/11.10/11.04/10.10/10.04/Linux Mint 15/14/13/12/11/10/9/Ubuntu Derivatives

Synapse is a semantic launcher written in Vala that you can use to start applications as well as find and access relevant documents and files by making use of the Zeitgeist engine.
  • Applications – searches your desktop files
  • Banshee – allows you to play/enqueue music files in Banshee
  • Commands – runs any command (ie. “sudo apt-get update”)
  • Devhelp – search documentation using Devhelp
  • Dictionary – find definitions of words
  • Directory search – allows opening of commonly used directories
  • Gnome session – log out, shut down, restart
  • Hybrid search – complete Zeitgeist results by searching for similar files
  • Rhytmbox – play/enqueue music files in Rhythmbox
  • UPower – suspend & hibernate your computer
  • Zeitgeist – search anything logged by Zeitgeist

Different themes

Preferences - Startup/Other key settings

Preferences - Activate/deactivate plugins

Also checkout spotlight indicator synapse.

To install Synapse in Ubuntu 13.10/13.04/12.10/12.04/Linux Mint 15/14/13/and relevant Ubuntu derivatives open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

To install Synapse in Ubuntu 11.10/11.04/10.10/10.04/Linux Mint 12/11/10/9/and relevant Ubuntu derivatives open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:

After installation run Synapse. Go to preferences and check "Startup on Login". To activate synapse Press Ctrl+Space(You can change shortcut from preferences).
That's it
Source: Synapse
Install Latest Unity Tweak Tool in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail/Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal

Unity Tweak Tool is a configuration tool for the Unity Desktop, providing users access to features and configuration options not (obviously) accessible, and brings them all together in a polished & easy-to-use interface.
Unity Tweak tool aims to expose all the most needed Unity, Compiz, Appearance and Desktop settings in one interface to rule them all. Users are able to tweak various settings for Launcher, Dash, Panel, Switcher, Webapps, and other.
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To install Unity Tweak Tool on Ubuntu open Terminal (Press Ctrl+Alt+T) and copy the following commands in the Terminal:
That's it