[Sugar-devel] Sugar App Launcher

Tony Anderson tony_anderson at usa.net
Sat May 20 00:41:23 EDT 2017

Hi, Sebastian

Applications installed in gnome can be executed in Sugar with from the 
command line: $gimp & (& optional since Terminal has tabs). A simple 
sugar activity wrapper can make a gimp activity. This enables the 
activity to appear in the Home View. Currently in Rwanda we are using 
GCompris installed in gnome and executed by a wrapper to good effect.


On 05/20/2017 12:25 PM, Sebastian Silva wrote:
> Hi Sugar-devel!
> I keep reading '%s doesn't run in Sugar' % ('Scratch', 'File Manager', 
> 'Modern Browser', 'blender', 'libreoffice', ...).
> Once upon a time Sugar was dreamed to be an independent platform, but 
> in all sincerity we are an unconventional desktop environment for 
> GNU/Linux, and we should embrace this reality.
> Over the years I've slowly assumed the task of nudging Sugar to comply 
> with FreeDesktop standards 
> <https://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Features/FreeDesktop_integration> for 
> interoperability with the rest of the ecosystem.
> I choose to work on very specific features at a time, as I can.
> Recently I want to give Sugar to my own children, but they will need 
> access to Tuxpaint, SuperTux, Krita, SweetHome3D, Blender, Libreoffice...
> So finally I've come up with a feature design proposal.
> I'd like to add a Whisker Menu / App finder widget to Sugar. It should 
> be minimal impact, could even work as an Activity, to mimic the 
> Application Finder of XFCE:
> Of course it should be simplified, to fit the Sugar design, but 
> functionally it should traverse the .desktop files available, launch 
> applications and offer to put application icons in the Sugar Home View.
> The least impactful way to integrate this into Sugar, is writing it as 
> an Activity, and then adding a function for Sugar to launch commands 
> by hotkeys. Then, binding "Windows key" or "Search Key" to it.
> Would be nice to read your thoughts.
> Regards,
> Sebastian
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