I've installed Unity 2d, and therefore I'm able to use the Launcher and Panel in standard Gnome Panel desktop. I would like to know whether there is a way to launch the Dash only, and if so, if it is possible to assign a shortcut to it. What I'm thinking of is a Wingpanel + Slingshot combo on Elementary or Gnome-Shell style 'Activities' button. Thanks for your help.
Unity 2D's dash can be used independently but there is a little trick: it starts invisible.
To launch it type:
To make it visible, there is a D-Bus API:
From the command line: