Monday, August 23

Cardapio is Maverick Ready


Cardapio is an alternative application menu launcher to the default menu bar that comes with Ubuntu. It can also be used as an standalone application launcher just like Gnome Do. Cardapio have a native gtk interface that integrates well with the gnome desktop environment. It also includes a plugin system that  integrates different types search capabilities like file search, google search, youtube video search etc.

Cardapio works nice in Lucid without any problems and I use it as my main application launcher. 

However, some days back, when Ubuntu Developers introduced the new Appmenu (Mac like global menu), a conflict started with the Cardapio which made the panel applet disappear if Appmenu was also activated. Cardapio worked fine through the key-bindings. It was just that the panel applet would not appear. I thought this may be important as at some point of time almost every Ubuntu User will be using Appmenu.

So, I was discussing the problem with Cardapio Developers from last few days. Today, I received a notification from the talented Cardapio Team that the fix have been committed to the bug and now both Appmenu and Cardapio applet can be used at the same time. 

I tested it and it works like a charm. So, Cardapio is now ready to replace your default menu launcher in Lucid as well as Maverick :)

Also Cardapio consists of a impressive list of plugins:
  1. Tomboy Search
  2. Youtube Search
  3. Google Search
  4. Recent Documents Search
  5. Full Tracker Text Search
  6. Wikipedia Search
  7. Yahoo Search
  8. Ebay Search
  9. Amazon Search
  10. Software Center Search
  11. Google Localised search
  12. Bing Search
  13. Virtualbox Virtual Machine Search
  14. Pidgin Online Buddies Search
Phew....

To install run following commands:

Lucid Lynx:
  1. sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cardapio-team/unstable
  2. sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cardapio

Maverick Meerkat: (Enter these commands as it is. Other methods won't work)
  1. echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/cardapio-team/unstable/ubuntu lucid main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
  2. sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys 16B94077
  3. sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cardapio

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