Like Gnome-Do? Check Out The 0.5 Release!

By | 2008/06/11

Yesterday it was brought to my attention that the Gnome-Do team had released a major update, 0.5!  Being completely addicted to Gnome-Do I immediately upgraded to check out the new features.  Here is a basic rundown of the new features and, of course, how to upgrade your system!


After taking a look at the mile-long list of improvements I realize that I won’t nearly have enough room here to outline everything.  I figure I’ll give you a link to the long list, and just outline some of the stuff that impresses me the most.

First of all I really like the new interface to handle the plugins.  Gnome-Do is a great tool, but a lot of the best functionality comes in the shape of plugins.  In the new version you’re able to manage all of your plugins by way of a central UI.  Activation, configuration, deactivation, etc all in one place.  Its a great way to try out all the plugins available without requiring manual downloading and setup, which was the previous method.

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You really do need to check out all the plugins available–there are a bunch of new plugins that I’m sure you haven’t tried before.

You might notice, as I did, that some of the plugins you were previously used to need to be activated before they can be used again.  After you install (below) make sure to open the preferences and activate your favorites.

You can see an exhaustive list of additions at Dave’s blog, here.

How To Upgrade?

Now that I’ve got you interested I’ll outline how to upgrade.  In Ubuntu this is done by way of the Launchpad hosted PPA (Personal Package Archive).  This command will add the PPA repository to your sources.list:

echo "deb hardy main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list

Once you’ve got this added you’ll need to update (refresh), and then request the upgrade:

sudo aptitude update && sudo aptitude safe-upgrade

If you’re a new user you’ll definitely want to check out Gnome-Do with this release.  Install it using:

sudo aptitude install gnome-do

You should see an update for gnome-do at this point.  Accept the upgrade and the latest greatest version should install.


I’d love to get some of your thoughts on Gnome-Do.  Do you use it as much as I do?  Hell, I don’t even have menu’s anymore.  I launch everything with Gnome-Do–everything!  Let me know what you think or share your favorite plugins.

9 thoughts on “Like Gnome-Do? Check Out The 0.5 Release!

  1. Igor

    I still have the menu(just in case) but… I use DO for everything just like you, also the new interfaces are very cool[1], I like the glassy black one.

    [1] I don’t know if they are included in the latest release, I use the main branch one:

    get it: brz branch lp:do
    and to update: bzr merge lp:do
    bzr commit -m “merged”

  2. Vadim P.

    Yep, a thought – are there sane instructions for installing it?

  3. Christer Edwards Post author

    @Vadim – adding the line to your sources.list and ‘apt-get install gnome-do’ not sane enough for you?

  4. Morkin

    You may want to state that you must remove .4 and remove the plugins for .4 in order for the upgrade to work.

  5. Vadim P.

    Not quite, no. Sorry. Might as well give me the instructions to paste to compile it from scratch.

    Surely ‘software sources’ and apt-url can be used in sane instructions?

  6. Martin

    Awesome progress, keep it goin’!

    Can’t really tell which plugin is my favourite, I’m still exploring the possibilities.

  7. Jerome G.

    What’s with the Leopard wallpaper lol that was funny.


    installs version 0.4 for some reason!?


    Never mind. Reinstalled it correctly.

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