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Cardapio menu applet gets web search and preferences

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Our favourite alternative to the main Ubuntu menu applet has received an update today which makes it easier to configure settings and also includes a new plugin to perform Google searches right from your desktop!

The new preferences window can be accessed by right clicking on Cardapio and choosing “Properties.” You can specify a new logo, change the text to something else and also enable some new session controls, as well as toggle plugins on and off.

Cardapio is especially handy for those with limited screen space, ie for netbooks. On my Mini 9, I only have one panel at the top that houses the main menu, window list and notification area. By using Cardapio over the default Ubuntu menu, I have a lot more space for the window list.

If you haven’t checked it out already, installing Cardapio is easy:

  • sudo add-apt-repository ppa:tvst-hotmail/cardapio
  • sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install python-keybinder cardapio