A lean application menu and launcher for Gnome.
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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!
Give it a try!
Installation in Ubuntu
Cardapio can easily be installed in Ubuntu versions 10.04 (Lucid Lynx) and up. Simply follow the steps below:
1) Run these commands in a terminal:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cardapio-
2) Now pick one or more of these, depending on how you want to use Cardapio:
$ sudo apt-get install cardapio-gnomepanel # <-- to install the Gnome-Panel applet
$ sudo apt-get install cardapio-docky # <-- to install the Docky applet
$ sudo apt-get install cardapio-awn # <-- to install the AWN applet
$ sudo apt-get install cardapio-gnomeshell # <-- to install the Gnome-Shell applet
$ sudo apt-get install cardapio
Installation in other Distros
Install main Cardapio:
&& cd cardapio/cardapio && sudo make install && cd ..
2) Now pick zero or more of these, depending on how you want to use Cardapio:
$ cd cardapio-gnomepanel && sudo make install && cd .. # <-- to install the Gnome-Panel applet
$ cd cardapio-docky && sudo make install && cd .. # <-- to install the Docky applet
$ cd cardapio-awn && sudo make install && cd .. # <-- to install the AWN applet
$ cd cardapio-gnomeshell && sudo make install && cd .. # <-- to install the Gnome-Shell applet
3) Now clean up!
$ sudo rm -rf cardapio
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To search for files in your computer using Cardapio, you need to install Tracker 0.8.7 or above. To install it on Ubuntu:
$ sudo apt-get install tracker
Then be sure to run the tracker preferences tool (just type "Search and Indexing" in Cardapio), change the settings to your personal preference, and restart your computer.
Afterwards, don't forget to activate the File Search plugin in Cardapio's preferences window!
To use as a panel applet, simply add it as usual:
Right-click the panel, select "Add to panel", then choose "Cardapio".
To use as a launcher instead, make sure Cardapio is not used as an applet first, then run:
$ cardapio hidden
Once cardapio is running, you can access it using Super+Space. You can change this keybinding in Cardapio's Preferences.
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All questions Latest questions
Posted on 2016-09-29
Using Super in Launcher mode (MATE Panel) causes panel to appear in center of...
Posted on 2013-01-07
Cardapio + Cairo Dock + Xubuntu = No menu
Posted on 2012-07-26
Posted on 2012-06-09
Port to Gnome Classic (Fallback)
Posted on 2012-05-27
All bugs Latest bugs reported
Bug #1622277: Cardapio window enters open/close loop when using gnome3 applet
Reported on 2016-09-11
Bug #1250933: Problem launching Cardapio
Reported on 2013-11-13
Bug #1247551: logout , shutdown, lock don't work
Reported on 2013-11-03
Bug #1079167: AttributeError in Cardapio's applet: 'module' object has no attribute 'xdg_config_home'
Reported on 2013-05-29
Bug #1184337: Launch error message
Reported on 2013-05-26