A new version of popular main menu replacement Cardapio has been released – with many features longed for by users.

Amongst the changes sit reduced memory usage, interface enhancements and added support for Cardapio use with Docky.


A netbook friendly options that reduces the size of Cardapio’s main window. In this mode the category sidebar is collapsed in to a row of vertical icons.

Cardapio mini-mode

Docky helper

We’ve covered how to set Docky’s anchor icon to launch Cardapio previously Now it’s even simpler: just install the “cardapio-docky” package, enable the Cardapio helper in Docky’s preferences and full menu-on-Docky is yours.

Cardapio docky helper in action

Other changes

Memory leaks and ‘smarter plugin loader’ have all contributed to a smaller memory footprint and faster start-up times in this release.


Cardapio can, as always, be installed via its own official PPA. This ensures you remain up-to-date with the latest fixes and features.

Open a Terminal and enter the following two lines: –

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cardapio-team/unstable

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install cardapio

To add it to your desktop panel: right-click the panel, select “Add to panel”, then choose “Cardapio” from the list of displayed applets.

Right-click on Cardapio to access its’ preferences menu.

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