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I like elementary' s Slingshot, but as you can see from this screenshot, it doesn't correctly show all of my applications (you can see Synaptic on the Unity Launcher but not in Slingshot; generally all the apps in the Administration and Preferences menus are not featured). I tried lxlauncher in the past but I would like something that can be summoned with a hotkey. I know KDE has options under the form of widgets, but I'm a Gnome guy. Thanks for your suggestions!

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Are you sure it needs to be fullscreen? If not, I'd recommend something like Synapse or GNOME Do. – Christopher Kyle Horton Sep 8 '11 at 1:02
I know about those apps, I actually never tried them. I' ll give it a shot, even though I'm not sure a semantic launcher is what I'm looking for, I'd like something with little chrome - if any - as possible. Thanks for the contribution though! – Tigull Sep 8 '11 at 7:12
OP are you still looking for an answer? If so, you may need to repost your question as this is flagged for closure. Regards, – Ringtail Apr 4 '12 at 22:14

gnome-do is a great tool, but like you said not quite what you're looking for? The only other things like you describe that I have seen are applets/plugins for docks such as Avant Window Navigator and Cairo Dock.

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