Mind Bending

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!

Gnome Pie Logo

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

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.

Gnome-Pie Settings

Now, we’re done! As easy as a pie, right?!



Graduated in Telecommunication Engineering, but currently working with GNU/Linux infrastructure and in the spare time I'm an Open Source programmer (Python and C), a drawer and author in the Mind Bending Blog.


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