Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Duck Launcher is an open-source dock and application launcher, written in Python and Qt, being available for the most popular Linux systems, enabling the users to easily open their favorite files and folders and launch applications.
Among others, the Duck Launcher has a menu search bar and an integrated file manager, for opening files. The apps can be organized in groups and directories, for an easier usage. Also, the “Star” is somekind of file browser extension and app launcher, allowing the users to choose any application, file or folder and add it.
The latest version available is Duck Launcher 0.69, which has been recently released, coming with the below changes:
- Plugin system re-thinked and refined.
- Install, update, or remove plugins by typing ‘#plugins’ in the app menu.
- File browser is now a plugin (‘#Files’).
- Log out should work on lightdm (or even other DMs).
- Windows are controlled directly on the dock.
- Background color becomes less translucent in open state.
- Refined design.
In this article I will show you how to install Duck Launcher 0.6.9 on Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Pinguy OS 12.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Elementary OS 0.2 Luna, Linux Lite 2, Peppermint Five, Deepin 2014, LXLE 14.04 and other Ubuntu derivative systems.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Duck Launcher 0.6.9 on the listed Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Pinguy OS, Elementary OS and other Ubuntu derivative systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the duck-launcher package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:the-duck/launcher
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install duck-launcher
Optional, to remove duck launcher, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove duck-luncher