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Is there a "standalone" version of the GNOME applications menu? That is, a simple widget that can be positioned anywhere on the desktop (and closed!), like a normal window, that will expand when clicked to show all my applications.

(Then I can launch it via ssh+X from my laptop, and run apps on my desktop computer without needing to fire up a terminal and type ssh -X -C desktop.local some_x_app every time.)

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Another option: take a look at – igorp1024 Sep 6 '10 at 10:09
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What about GnoMenu? As stated it is:

GnoMenu is an eye-candy GNOME menu with themes support which works with the GNOME Panel, Avant Window Navigator, Cairo Dock, KDE Plasma and starting with the latest 2.9 version: Docky.

Ubuntu version:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gnomenu-team/ppa

$ sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get install gnomenu

Or get it from

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Nice! This is exactly what I was after. Bounty will follow in... 20 hours. – detly Jul 16 '10 at 14:45

What about positioning your menu at the top and the X11 forwarded one at the bottom with auto-hide?

Edit 1: From a mailinglist:

From gconftool --help-all:

Load/Save options:

--dump Dump to standard output an XML description of all entries under a directory, recursively. --load Load from the specified file an XML description of values and set them relative to a directory.

So "gconftool --dump /apps/panel > my-panel-settings.xml" and later "gconfool --load < my-panel-settings.xml" should make it.

Or look into Sabayon, maybe.

Try one of these tools, it should allow you to use the panel over X11 with a different configuration than the current configuration on the remote computer itself, good luck! :-)

Edit 2: What about just creating shortcuts that execute the ssh command line?

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Like with Gnome Do, there would be a mismatch between the configuration for my desktop and for the laptop. Is there any way to tell a particular launch of the panel to use a certain configuration? – detly Jul 16 '10 at 14:20
Do my edits help? The first edit is what you ask. The second edit is the way I plan to do it... I'm running Windows 7 x64 and run a headless Gentoo VM with X11, I use Putty as a terminal and Xming to show the applications on my Windows. I really love this as it gives me the best of both worlds... The only problem I still have is starting applications and I'm planning to create shortcuts that initiate them over a SSH connection, I might as well create one hidden Putty window to keep the X11 open. X11 won't survive sleep mode either, but when that fact annoys me I can use Xvnc to work around it. – Tom Wijsman Jul 16 '10 at 14:36

You may like Gnome-Do or the Circular Menu.

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I use Do, but I can't run it over ssh+X because I already run it on my laptop normally. Although... maybe I could remove the keybinding and force it to the tray... – detly Jul 8 '10 at 12:38, wait, I can't because then I can't use it properly on my desktop. – detly Jul 8 '10 at 12:53

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