Add Takeoff Launcher Widget Fedora 16 KDE

Takeoff Launcher is one of my favorite menu styles and I consider it one of 2 cool reasons to use the K Desktop Environment. Though it is not in Fedora’s repository, there is an rpm package that you can install from the project’s website.

In this tutorial, you will read about the steps necessary to install and customize it on Fedora 16 KDE, a Fedora Spin that was previously reviewed on this website (see Fedora 16 KDE review).

It is assumed that you are reading and trying to install this package from a system running Fedora 16 KDE. To download the rpm package, click here. Then click on the Fedora 16 link on that page to download the right package for your platform (there is a 32-bit and a 64-bit package).

The Firefox dialog prompt or window should open. Click OK.
Install Prompt Takeoff Launcher

Continue.
Takeoff Launcher Installation

Continue.
Takeoff Launcher Installation Dependency

Consider this carefully before clicking Yes. If you are paranoid, you might consider building Takeoff Launcher from source. The source code is available here. You might want to see how I compiled it on Linux Mint 12 KDE by reading how to compile and install Takeoff Launcher on Linux Mint 12 KDE.
Takeoff Launcher Installation Warning

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After installation, the next task is to add the launcher’s widget to the panel. To do that, right-click on an empty spot on the panel and select Panel Options > Add Widgets. Typing “take” or “takeoff” in the search box should ring up the widget. Double-click on it to add it to the panel. The launcher is ready for business. At this point, you might consider removing the other menu’s icon from the panel.
Add Takeoff Launcher Widget Fedora 16 KDE

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By default, the launcher will open in fullscreen mode with an empty Favorites tab. But all that is customizable from its settings utility.
Takeoff Launcher Fullscreen Mode

To access the launcher’s settings utility, right-click on its icon on the panel, and select “Takeoff Settings.” The options that you might want to change are indicated in red. I find that the launcher looks much nicer on the desktop when it is not in fullscreen mode. Also a background image gives it a personal touch, so if you have an image to use, check the option as shown and select the image from your computer. OK.
Takeoff Launcher Settings

Here is the same Favorite tab in reduced screen mode and a background image. Looks better, right?
Takeoff Launcher Favorite Applications

And the last screen or page of the All Applications tab.
Takeoff Launcher Applications

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12 Responses

  1. The most common problem with Pardus have been with the Pisi/program handler (if read at forum questions).I hope they will improve it to the next version.

  2. Then the chat programs I mentioned in my first comment supposed to be there.
    Especially aMSN is good if using webcams.

    1. True, they are. aMSN will not feature in a search result if your search string is chat, voip, “instant messenger,” but will if the search string is messenger, amsn, webcam, or may be a few others that I did not care to test.

  3. Most new users (and many who write reviews also) with Pardus forgot to do a Pisi update after the installation by click at “show upgradable packages” before they start looking for programs in “Show installable packages”. Its necessary because it download programs by doing that, even if it show there are no updates.I can see at this comment that important step maybe was not done?
    “For chatting, Emesen, Pidgin and Skype are your options”
    I also got aMSN, Kmess and Licq in my own Pardus 2009.2 installation. Many other programs will be missing to if this step are not done. Programs for webcams etc..

    So it can be a reason why so many say it have so small number of programs in the repo/pisi.

    1. @John:

      The first thing I do with every distro I’m reviewing is to get the system up to date. So with Pardus 2009.2, all the updates were applied and Package Manager dutifully reported that “All packages are up to date.”

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