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I want to create a single launcher for Chrome, Banshee,Thunderbird and Gwibber. What is the easiest way to do this?

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Can you be more descriptive, in the sense is it for natty launchers? Because in Unity, I know a way to have one launcher for chrome, banshee, thunderbird and gwibber by editing .desktop files. – nik90 Apr 16 '11 at 15:22

For Ubuntu 10.10 and below

Create a file that contains these commands:

thunderbird &
gwibber-service &
banshee &
#chrome & # commented out, because I don't know the exact command.
# find out by typing "chrom" into terminal and autocomplete with tab

Save it e.g. as ~/ChromeBansheeThunderbirdGwibberStarter and assign execute-permission:

chmod +x ~/ChromeBansheeThunderbirdGwibberStarter

Now right-click panel, Add to panel..., Custom Application Launcher

Type: Application
Name: (whatever you like)
Command: ~/ChromeBansheeThunderbirdGwibberStart

Clicking the icon will allow you selecting something else for your launcher.

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Fantastic answer. Worked like a charm. Cheers! – Chasson Higdon Apr 17 '11 at 15:46
Would you mark my answer as solution, please? This would also remove your question from "unanswered" :) – freddyb Apr 19 '11 at 20:21

Since you tagged your question "command-line" you might want to man gnome-open

Indeed I use this so often I have

alias go=gnome-open

in my ~/.bash_aliases file.

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