I'm really in love with the GNOME Shell idea. Their "overview mode" (the "Activities" view) comes close to fulfilling a dream UI idea that I've had for a while now.
I don't like GNOME 3 for other reasons, though. I think the themes are a bit off, the titlebars are too huge... I don't know.
I'm wondering if a similar "overview mode" exists for any other DE, such as Cinnamon, MATE, XFCE, KDE, etc. I guess you would call it a "launcher." I would really like to play around with it.
My goal is to make the launcher the same as the desktop. I want to push a button and have the following pop up:
- A search bar
- A dock/taskbar
- Some widgets I can sticky
- Maybe a "recently used" or "popular" or "all Applications" view
Kind of like the bastard child of a launcher, GNOME's overview mode, a desktop, and a smartphone "home" screen.
Any suggestions? I'd also be happy for applets that exist within other distros. KDE's "homerun" seemed possibly similar, although I'm not really sure it's the same.
I do tend to like stuff like Cinnamon or MATE for some reason more so than GNOME, so maybe a launcher for Cinnamon would do the trick.submitted by /u/MakeSomethingWeWant