Recently a nice application called Gnome-Pie, made by Simon Schneegans, was released. According to the author it was inspired by an add-on written for the game World of Warcraft called O-Pie. I have to admit that it remembers me a lot PieDock, although it has a really different approach and usage, giving you the possibility to invoke a lot of different "menus", you can even control you media player!
Despite Gnome-Pie early release it already has a lot of nice features and themes. Let’s take a look at this video to better understand it and then I’ll show you how to install it on Ubuntu and Arch Linux:
Installing on Ubuntu
If you use Ubuntu, the installation is pretty simple, just throw the following lines in your terminal:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:simonschneegans/testing $ sudo apt-get update $ sudo apt-get install gnome-pie
Installing on Arch Linux
There is a package for Gnome-Pie in AUR but it’s broken, so lets take this opportunity to remember how to manually compile a package. First let’s grab the source code from GitHub:
$ cd /tmp $ git clone https://github.com/Simmesimme/Gnome-Pie.git
And then we compile it:
$ cd Gnome-Pie $ ./make.sh
Everything should have ended fine! Try running it with ./gnome-pie. Perfect right? Good, now lets install it:
$ cd build $ sudo make install
Done, now we have it properly installed!
Using Gnome-Pie is really simple. By default it has six default "pies", each one has it’s own keyboard shortcut:
- Session: <ctrl><alt>Q
- Multimedia: <ctrl><alt>M
- Applications: <ctrl><alt>A
- Bookmarks: <ctrl><alt>B
- Window: <ctrl><alt>W
- Main Menu: <ctrl><alt>Space
To customize the existing pies (adding new slices) or adding new pies, just right click the Gnome-Pie missing icon at the notification area and select the preferences menu option.
Now, we’re done! As easy as a pie, right?!