Gnome Pie 0.6.1 recently released, is a circular application launcher for Linux. It is made of several pies, each consisting of multiple slices. The user presses a key stroke which opens the desired pie. By activating one of its slices, applications may be launched, key presses may be simulated or files can be opened. Get full details including demo here Gnome Pie 0.6.1 changelog: New Feature: Its now possible to have half or quarter pies.
Plank is a very simple and light weight dock bar to launch applications, but also very aesthetic. Its simplicity makes it very stable software. This project is the basis of the project Docky , a dock with more functionality. Plank dock is the default ElementaryOS, one based on Ubuntu (12.04) distribution. Below is tutorial on how to install the latest version of Plank which is currently 0.6.0 Install Plank sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install plank Uninstall Plank sudo add-apt-repository -r ppa:ricotz/docky sudo apt-get remove plank Add Icons to Plank – All you simply need to do is drag the icon of your application and drop on top of the bar