[SHR] Application for desktop categories

Michael Smith openmoko at netapps.com.au
Sat Feb 13 00:13:37 CET 2010

The number of applications on the SHR Illume desktop was getting to be a problem for me so I wrote a program which will rename batches of .desktop files to a different extension and hide them. The blog post is here:


Screenshot: http://artifacts.glitch.tl/DESKCAT-0.2-screenshot.png
Package: http://opkg.glitch.tl/deskcat_0.3_arm.ipk
Source: http://glitch.tl/cgi-bin/hgwebdir.cgi/home/host/glitch.tl/repos/deskcat/

Important: read the whole blog post before installing the package. This is somewhat experimental.

Basically you define categories in the application and assign a category to any application. The application creates desktop launchers which will rename any managed .desktop files in /usr/share/applications to a different extention if they are not in the desired category.

One problem with this application is that it does create quite a few .desktop files of its own and they do clutter the place up. The category icons could be put into categories of their own but that would make navigating slower.

Please reply with any comments, complaints and feature requests. One thought I had after getting the application to work on the phone is that I could reduce the number of icons by using the GUI application to switch categories. Doing it that way would be slower and require more finger presses, but it would be tidier.
Michael Smith
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