Fast App Launching with GNOME Do
GNOME Do includes so many great plugins, it's difficult to choose which ones to list. Some other useful plugins allow you to index all of your Firefox bookmarks or Evolution contacts, upload photos to Flickr or ImageShack, update your Twitter status, search through your Rhythmbox music collection, index Tomboy notes and even connect to remote hosts over SSH. And, that's just the list of official plugins. GNOME Do also has many third-party plugins that extend its functionality even further.
I have to say that after trying all sorts of different methods to launch applications, GNOME Do has won me over. If I'm already in a terminal, I still sometimes will launch an application there, but I've switched to GNOME Do to launch most of my programs and even use it as a replacement for a file browser when I want to open a file quickly. If you find that you have a number of key bindings set up to launch programs for you, or if you are tired of reaching for the mouse every time you want to run a program or open a file, I recommend giving GNOME Do a try.
Kyle Rankin is a Senior Systems Administrator in the San Francisco Bay Area and the author of a number of books, including Knoppix Hacks and Ubuntu Hacks for O'Reilly Media. He is currently the president of the North Bay Linux Users' Group.
Kyle Rankin is a VP of engineering operations at Final, Inc., the author of a number of books including DevOps Troubleshooting and The Official Ubuntu Server Book, and is a columnist for Linux Journal. Follow him @kylerankin.