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Old 10-29-2014, 07:54 PM   #1
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Find GNOME progra list start menu thing


My old cmputer is running really slow on Ubuntu Gnome Utopic, so I'm going to swith it to lUbuntu Trusty. I'm trying to find where that start menu config thing is so that I can find out which games and programs I have on it. I don't want some sort of "dpkg -i" thing because I want the user-readable name of the program or game in question, and not the package name Does anybody know where the file that contains the names and catagories is located?
 
Old 10-30-2014, 04:32 AM   #2
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unity doesn't have an app menu?
that's just sad.
maybe you can just type "game" in the dash?
or maybe you have to install an app menu.

however, hearing "old computer" and "ubuntu" - how old is your computer? maybe ubuntu is just not the right linux for it.
 
Old 10-30-2014, 07:48 AM   #3
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What is this Unity?

When I said GNOME, I ment GNOME, Classic mode with the GNOME 2 app menu. And it's a Dell Dimmension e310, 1 gb ram with a 1tb WD Green. It runs GNOME pretty slow, and since I went to Utopic, not at all. Maybe I sould try to use Unity to retrieve my data, or install xfce so that I can retrieve that list beofre I reformat and start over. I'm planning to completely redo the partition table while I'm at it.
 
Old 10-30-2014, 04:42 PM   #4
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1GB RAM? not enough for a current ubuntu.
try lubuntu, or crunchbang.
 
Old 10-30-2014, 05:14 PM   #5
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That's exactly what I'm going to do. The problem is, I don't know which programs I have installed and I don't want to click some file in my home directory and find that I forgot to reinstall that program.
 
Old 10-31-2014, 03:36 PM   #6
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ahhh, i see...

well, ubuntu is using apt as packet management system and i'm sure you can get a list of installed softwares from that somehow.
which you can probably filter by timestamps.
 
Old 10-31-2014, 04:11 PM   #7
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Okay, wat I ended up doing was loading a ubuntustudio session, which runs under xfce and tht gave me access to a real program launher menu. This system started with a ubuntu-gnome and then I added in unity and ubuntu studio. Unity because you never know when it will be useful and ubuntu studio because I use the applications on occasion. Ubuntu Studio also comes with a pretty good desktop envoronment, particuarly when you need a real app list
 
  


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