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Mate and Gnome Session Fallback desktop environments are almost alike and really lightweight and it is the most preferred desktop environment for me.

Only thing I miss is some way to search installed applications quickly as we do using Unity-Dash. Since going through the Application menu and looking for the long list of installed application takes a long time. Some time it is so difficult to find an application. For example looking for PCManFM file manager, you guys know what I'm talking about. :)

Is there any Application Finder which can be installed in Mate and/or Gnome Session Fallback to search installed application quickly?

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You probably are seraching for gnome-do application. It's easy simple and cute app for esearching for items, files and other apps in your system, and many other utilities.

Simply install it by sudo apt-get install gnome-do enter image description here

You can also give a try for kupfer and synapse

To install Kupfer

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:kupfer-team/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install kupfer

enter image description here

To install Synapse

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:synapse-core/ppa && sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install synapse

enter image description here


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Thanks for your great answer. I've tried almost all and found synapse is the best one. In between I also got one application finder which is meant for XFCE but works great for all other desktop environment. Your answer will definitely help others as well :) – Saurav Kumar Feb 6 '14 at 10:40
Its my pleasure to be helpful friend – Maythux Feb 6 '14 at 11:24

Application Finder apps suggest by maythux are simply great and few are really recommended.

In between I also got one application finder : xfce4-appfinder which comes with XFCE desktop environment. But it is standalone application finder and doesn't require any additional package of XFCE.

To install it simply execute this command:

sudo apt-get install xfce4-appfinder

One single package will be installed silently and would work for all desktop environments.

Here is my image:


Hope it would help :)

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can you re-upload that picture? – endolith Apr 16 at 22:28
@endolith: Thanks for notifying me about the broken image.. :) – Saurav Kumar Apr 18 at 9:45

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