I am running gnome 3 under Fedora 17. Previously with gnome 2, I could create a program launcher which sat in the horizontal bar on top for a program in /usr/local/bin. Under gnome 3, if I put the program name or location in the slot on the upper right, nothing happens. I want to have a launcher, if possible in the 'favorites bar' on the left.
Having a Wonderful time with gnome 3
Love the shortcut in the upper left to switch between windows
Have had no problems to speak of
Like the favorite's launcher
And the App launcher
If you like it too please chime in and let us know what you like about it
If you have used Gnome-Do in Linux, you will find some resemblance in Synapse. The user-interface is the same activate the launcher, type the search term, press Enter to execute. The only difference is that Synapse makes use of the Zeitgeist engine to display your search result.
I've been using unity for a while, and just switched to gnome. (Gnome 3.2 on Ubuntu 11.10)
I've liked it a lot, but it's missing one key feature (in my mind). In Unity you can use the super button with a number key to open an app on the launcher. For example: Chromium is my second app on the unity launcher, so I can press super-2 to launch it.