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It seems that HUD is thightly tied to unity. However I just use xmonad as a window manager, especially I don't use unity.

Is there a way to use HUD within xmonad (or more generally withing other window managers and desktop environments)? If so, what are the detailed steps to do it with minimal dependencies on unity?

Are there alternative projects which similar functionality like HUD which work together with many window managers without too much pain?

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The thing that makes HUD work is that Unity already has all the menus centrally. For any other WM, you would need a way to inform it about menus, which is not really a job of the VM. –  Martin Ueding Jul 20 '12 at 11:23
Really would like this too. Please share if you find a solution. –  Patrick Oct 17 '12 at 15:24
Yeah, I will post it if I find something. I really want to have it. But at the moment I don't have the time to think about it :-( –  student Oct 17 '12 at 15:25
interesting... I thought the environment read and parsed the menus on the fly. since Ubuntu is open source, couldn't another window manager adopt Ubuntu's menu repository? –  Michael Butler Feb 3 '14 at 6:36

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I'm not familiarized with HUD, however I also use a minimalist wm (i3), if all you want is to launch applications (defined by .desktop files), you could use i3-dmenu-desktop or j4-dmenu-desktop.

Personally I find annoying and incomplete to look only for apps defined in .desktop files, therefore I use another version which looks at every single binary.

dmenu based launchers are quite easy to create, I use them extensively to launch/kill apps, translate strings, play songs in mpd, suspend|halt|reboot the system, launch vbox instances, etc.

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That's not what the HUD does - it's not an app launcher, it's a keyboard interface into the current app's menus. –  james.ferguson Oct 6 '14 at 17:10

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