Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Launchy, the open source program launcher now available for Linux


Lifehacker reported today that Launchy, the sleek little application launcher for Windows has just released a version for Linux. This is indeed a very good move, because as far as I can tell, Launchy is the best program launcher I have ever used. If you haven't heard of Launchy yet, then well .. Launchy is a tool that allows you to launch applications by just typing a few keys instead of having to navigate through your start menu with the mouse looking for the application. You can customize which files and application you want Launchy to index - the start menu, the program files, your documents or the whole hard disk. Launching Launchy itself is quite simple. Just press the ALT key and tab the spacebar. It's fast and simple.


Launchy also has a number of tricks up it's sleeve, like:

  • To search Google type in google, then tab, then your search query and press Enter. Other sites you can search include wikipedia, msn, yahoo, amazon, netflix, imdb, and more
  • To browse your computer type in c:, then tab, then a folder or file, hit tab, and continue.
  • Type in Weather, then tab, then your zip code or city,state and press Enter to get weather updates
  • Launchy also has a built in calculator

Also see:
Toolbox - The cutest application launcher
Free Launch Bar - The Quick Launch replacement


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