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GNOME Do (Do) is an intelligent launcher tool that makes performing common tasks on your computer simple and efficient. Do not only allows you to search for items in your desktop environment (e.g. applications, contacts, bookmarks, files, music), it also allows you to specify actions to perform on search results (e.g. run, open, email, chat, play). Want to send an email to mom? Simply type "email mom."

Want to listen to some music? Simply type "play beatles." Do provides instantaneous, action-oriented desktop search results that adapt to reflect your habits and preferences. For example, if you use Firefox web browser often, typing "f" in Do will launch it. Or, if you visit The New York Times webpage often, Do will open it if you simply type "nyt." Unlike other search tools that present search results as flat, homogeneous lists, Do provides familiar graphical depictions of search results that assure you that your intent is being realized correctly; searching for "mom" will show a picture of mom, and searching for "beatles" will show a Beatles album cover. Do has many more powerful and exciting capabilities that must be seen to be appreciated.

First you need to edit the /etc/apt/sources.list file

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following lines

For Hardy Users

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ubuntu hardy main

For Gutsy Users

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ubuntu gutsy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/do-core/ubuntu gutsy main

Save and exit the file.

Update the source list file using the following command

sudo aptitude update

Install gnome-do using the following command from terminal

sudo aptitude install gnome-do

Using gnome-do

If you want to open gnome-do go to Applications--->Accessories--->GNOME Do

Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen

If you want to change some settings for this click on top right corner select preferences

Gnome-Do General settings

Gnome-Do keyboard settings

Gnome-Do plugins here you can enable,disable and configure plugins

Some sample Gnome-Do screenshots


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18 Comments to “Howto install gnome-do in Ubuntu Hardy and Gutsy”

  1. Herbert says:

    Hi there, I just started using Ubuntu a couple of weeks ago, so I’m still relatively new to the scene. Would it be safe to assume that Gnome-do for Linux is kind of like Launchy for Windows?

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  2. emile says:

    @Herbert
    That’s right

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  3. Fr33d0m says:

    I don’t get preferences there, just About Do, Open Plugins Folder and Quit. Am I special?

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  4. King says:

    @Fr33d0m

    That is because you have most likely installed the version in the main ubuntu repos. Solution:

    sudo apt-get remove gnome-do

    Then follow the given instructions from step one. If you follow the given instructions, you will get the version from the new repo that they have you add.
    The new version has the preferences and such.

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  5. rancor says:

    Fr33d0m: Yes, you are special, did not your mom say so? ;)

    I also have the same problem. Preferences are missing and the plugins folder is empty.

    Please advice

    // rancor

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  6. LiveWire says:

    @Herbert

    Yes Gnome-Do is a launcher application, similar to Launchy on Windows. It seems to have a lot more functionality than the in-built Gnome Deskbar.

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  7. rancor says:

    Fr33d0m: lol, r u using hardy? I added the gutsy repository by mistake.

    sudo apt-get remove gnome-do
    edit /etc/apt/sources.lst, replace gutsy with hardy
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install gnome-do

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  8. karl says:

    Do you want to continue? [Y/n/?] y
    WARNING: untrusted versions of the following packages will be installed!

    Untrusted packages could compromise your system’s security.
    You should only proceed with the installation if you are certain that
    this is what you want to do.

    gnome-do

    Do you want to ignore this warning and proceed anyway?
    To continue, enter “Yes”; to abort, enter “No”:

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  9. karl says:

    the keyboard shortcut doesn’t work

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  10. denis says:

    i get the same problem as Fr33d0m can smbody help us

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  11. denis says:

    i did what is said below but still no results and me i have gusty on my computer some help please
    # King Says:
    June 14th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    @Fr33d0m

    That is because you have most likely installed the version in the main ubuntu repos. Solution:

    sudo apt-get remove gnome-do

    Then follow the given instructions from step one. If you follow the given instructions, you will get the version from the new repo that they have you add.
    The new version has the preferences and such.

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  12. Dino says:

    If you search for gnome-do in synaptic packet manager, do you see “current version: 0.5.0.1.0~ppa1~hardy” ?
    If not, press CTRL+R and update to that version.

    I think this may be the problem :-s

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  13. Frank says:

    This is like really cool.
    Why didn’t I discover this earlier!

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  14. denis says:

    Dino i told you i am under gusty not hardy, and i dont want hardy cause my computer does`nt suport it

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  15. froglet says:

    @Rancor

    This is Gnome-Do plugins page https://wiki.ubuntu.com/GnomeDo/Plugins :p

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  16. Orlsend says:

    In Hardy you wont be able to get any version past the 6.* to work,I Tried this and does not work. even if you download the .deb the libs are not the ones you need, you can’t purge them or update them.

    I am Just waiting for Jaunty (since is LTS), Hope Gnome Do works on it.

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  17. Jorge Blanco says:

    I have Gnome-Do ver.0.6.1 on Hardy. Downloaded the latest one 0.8.1(so far) and couldn’t get it to install (did it manually, since the repository only goes up to the 0.6 one). Make fails with some function/cast error. Any ideas how to get it to work?

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  18. Duc Tung Dao says:

    @Jorge Blanco: Unfortunately, you can’t have Do for Hardy that easy way because the new version of Do require newer Mono library. The only way is compiling Do from source using a backported version of Mono Develop.
    http://groups.google.com/group/gnome-do/msg/1458a15381f93653

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