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Cardapio – The awesome replacement menu applet that just keeps on giving

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Since we first featured panel menu-replacement applet Cardapio several weeks back the application has evolved at an awesome pace – even my initial want for Zeitgeist integration is on the way! 

In case you haven’t tried it out since then here is a short rundown of what has changed and been added since: –

  • Google and Tracker search integration; search your apps, the web & your files.
  • Pin your favourite apps, files and websites by right-clicking on the relevant icon and choosing "Pin this item" Cardapio menu performing google search
  • Cardapio handles all panel orientations (top, left, bottom, etc) and changes the applet icon size in keeping with your panel size
  • Cardapio has an easily configurable applet icon and name – call it menu, use a shovel as an icon – whatever you want you can now do via the Preferences window.
  • You can resize the Cardapio window to your preferred size simply by dragging the edges like any other GNOME window 
  • No-need to hack Gconf to show the applet icon – it’s there from the get-go
  • Simple plug-in support
  • Open to set menu to show on mouse-over


Installing Cardapio via its official PPA is recommended. This allows you will remain up-to-date with the latest fixes and features: –

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

Cardapio Launchpad page