Gimmie: A New Panel for Gnome – Installation in Ubuntu

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Gimmie is an elegant way to think about how you use your desktop computer.Gimmie is a new concept of the panel designed to shift the direction of the desktop beyond the standard WIMP model (Windows, Icons, Menu, Pointer) towards one directly representing the concepts that modern desktop users use every day. It is being considered for inclusion in Project Topaz (a.k.a. Gnome 3.0)

Install Gimmie in Ubuntu

Preparing Your System

First you need to install the following packages

sudo apt-get install make gcc g++

sudo apt-get install python2.4 python2.4-dev python-gnome2-dev python-gnome2-desktop-dev libgnomecups1.0-dev

Now you need to download the Gimmie latest version from here using the following command


Now you have gimmie-0.2.1.tar.gz file you need to extract this file using the following command

tar xzvf gimmie-0.2.1.tar.gz

You should see gimmie-0.2.1 directory you need to go in to the directory using the following command to install

cd gimmie-0.2.1

Now you need to start the compilation



make check

make install

This will complete the installation

Now you need to restart your gnome session or logout and login back in to your desktop.

Adding Panel Applet

Now you need to right click on the panel select add panel

Once it open you should see similar to the following screen here you need to select Gimmie under Utilities section and
click on add

Once it added to the panel you should see the following screen

Gimmie Screenshots

Now we will see some screenshots

Gimmie Bar

Computer Screen Options

Applications Screen Options

Documents Screen Options

People Screen Options

Common Problems and Solutions

When I try to compile Gimmie i got the following two problems so i am giving the solutions for this


When i try to compile i got the following error

checking for GIMMIE... configure: error: Package requirements (gtk+-2.0 >= 2.6
pygtk-2.0 >= 2.6
pygobject-2.0 >= 2.6
gnome-python-2.0 >= 2.10
gnome-python-desktop-2.0 >= 2.10
libgnomecups-1.0 >= 0.2.2) were not met:

No package ‘gnome-python-2.0' found
No package ‘gnome-python-desktop-2.0' found
No package ‘libgnomecups-1.0' found


You need to install the following packages

sudo apt-get install python-gnome2-dev python-gnome2-desktop-dev libgnomecups1.0-dev


Whe you try to add panel it doesn't show up in add to panel even after logging in and out


You can try installing gimmie into /usr by passing the “–prefix=/usr” arg to the configure script, which should place
the GNOME_GimmieApplet.server file in the proper location for bonobo-activation-server to see it: usually /usr/lib/bonobo/servers.

Alternately, if you installed into the default configure location (probably /usr/local) you can just copy the .server file to /usr/lib/bonobo/servers.

sudo cp /usr/local/lib/bonobo/servers/GNOME_GimmieApplet.server /usr/lib/bonobo/servers

If all of this still doesn’t work, you may need to kill bonobo-activation-server, and/or restart gnome-panel itself.

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12 Responses

  1. Peter says:

    Why use ‘sudo’ here ? “sudo tar xzvf gimmie-0.2.1.tar.gz”

  2. Scott says:

    Could NOT get this to work. It would crash every time I tried to add it to my panel. 🙁

  3. DraXus says:

    Works great except People tab 🙂

  4. Chitze says:

    When I try to install I get ;

    Making install in data
    make[1]: Entering directory `/home/vincent/gimmie-0.2.1/data’
    make[2]: Entering directory `/home/vincent/gimmie-0.2.1/data’
    make[2]: Nothing to be done for `install-exec-am’.
    test -z “/usr/local/lib/bonobo/servers” || mkdir -p — . “/usr/local/lib/bonobo/servers”
    mkdir: cannot create directory `/usr/local/lib/bonobo’: Permission denied
    make[2]: *** [install-serverDATA] Error 1
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/home/vincent/gimmie-0.2.1/data’
    make[1]: *** [install-am] Error 2
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/home/vincent/gimmie-0.2.1/data’
    make: *** [install-recursive] Error 1

    And I’m a total noob 😉

  5. elias1693 says:

    I got all the way to the adding panel applet and my Ubuntu panel is gone… How do I get it back?

    I tried gnome-panel and all i get is an err msg “I’ve detected a panel already running, and will now exit” and nothing happens. I’m stuck, how do I get my panel back?

    FYI, it was gone before I started this process. I accidentally deleted my only panel and need it back so I can continue this process.

  6. IdleOne says:

    I get the same error as post #2 and I think you should add python-dev to the required dependencies.
    basicaly need to install build-essential python2.4 python2.4-dev python-gnome2-dev python-gnome2-desktop-dev libgnomecups1.0-dev python-dev

    but I would like to be able to try this so if you could post a fix to the Crashing when trying to add to panel would be nice. Using Ubuntu Feisty Fawn

  7. IdleOne says:

    using gimmie-0.2.4.tar.gz solved the crash when adding to panel issue

  8. tropicflite says:

    version 2.7 fails to make install on Ubuntu tribe-5.

  9. Ric says:

    You can just install this via Synaptic Package Manager.. And then follow the rest of the tutorial

  10. stephon says:

    how do you install via synaptic package manager

  11. stephon says:

    i used to have it but i deleted it because i thought it was junk mail and now i cant get it back

  12. I solved the second problem with the second solution you mentioned.
    Thank you very much :]

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