View Full Version : Gnome shell extension to replicate Unitys dash [preview]

April 10th, 2012, 11:21 AM
I thought I'd share a preview of a Gnome Shell (GS) extension, named Launchy, that I'm working on which brings Unitys dash to Gnome shell.

I love GS but like others miss the application categories from Gnome 2, dislike the visual interruption when searching for an application and dont use the overview to manage any of my windows.

Recently I looked at Unity in 12.04 and quite liked the dash but disliked the fixed left-hand side launcher, the repeated Recent Apps/Files in the home lens and their respective lenses and filtering applications by category (just too many clicks). I do like the overall structure and the built-in search.

So.... I set about creating Unitys Dash as a GS extension (with my personal twist) while also adding in the things I miss from Gnome 2 and hopefully improving upon the things I dislike in Unitys dash. I want to use GS with a dock and have a nice overview/dash that functions like Unitys dash.




allows you to see recent apps, docs and downloads - like unity
see applications in their categories - filtering made easy
search for apps, docs etc - like unity
blurs background - like unity
matches background color - like unity

Future features:

disable blur
disable tint or select your own color
disable any section (recent or search etc)
force x columns and y rows (dont guess for me)
use gnome or zeitgeist for searching (currently uses zeitgeist)

I'm busy working to get this polished so I can make it available on https://extensions.gnome.org

April 10th, 2012, 01:06 PM
whoa! what a great work!
compliments :)

April 10th, 2012, 02:48 PM
I don't like the whole dash concept. I'd rather have drop down menus.

That said...

Your work here is amazing. Wow. I'm not so close minded that I wouldn't try it. :-)

Frogs Hair
April 10th, 2012, 02:56 PM
I will try the extension when you have it complete . Nice Work !!

April 10th, 2012, 06:17 PM
Wow its really great. Its totally overide the Gnome-Shell Activities menu?

April 10th, 2012, 08:41 PM
I see you're getting a shout-out at OMG Ubuntu. I tried to view the article but got a 502 Bad Gateway error.

Anyway, brace yourself for snark!

(Written from Windows 7 - all because there's no tax software for Linux - which kind of feels like calling a girlfriend from another woman's phone.)

April 10th, 2012, 10:30 PM
I have a few exr=tensions that work through the webupd8 ppa for precise but I can't install any extensions from the gnome extensions website. I just get a bar at the top that says missing plugin.

April 16th, 2012, 01:35 AM
Now that is a killer extension! Am haunting extensions.gnome.org till it shows up.

April 17th, 2012, 12:40 AM
Will it work with gnome-fallback?

April 17th, 2012, 03:01 AM
Will it work with gnome-fallback?

I'm not quite sure how that could be possible. I haven't seen much built for the shell using js that can run outside of it, and I'm guessing either a port or some kind of emulation layer would be required but I could be wrong. Perhaps theres a way to create a wrapper that would run the shell in the background or something.

April 17th, 2012, 08:50 PM
This is definitely exciting.

Do you have the code hosted somewhere? On Github or Launchpad so that we can check it out? Or is the code too young now for public testing?