When comparing Gnome-Pie vs Rofi, the Slant community recommends Rofi for most people. In the question“What are the best Linux app launchers?” Rofi is ranked 1st while Gnome-Pie is ranked 13th.
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Ability to customize launchers (pies) and have multiple launchers.
Pro Simple to use
Simple GUI that can be launched at any moment using keybinds.
Pro Binding options
It recognizes the buttons on my mouse so I can bind my trigger key to a mouse button.
Pro Can run commands
<code>run: st toxic</code> Runs a tox client in the terminal emulator "st".
<code>run: maim ~/Images/screenshots</code> take a screenshot with "maim" and save it to given location.
Pro Minimalist design, yet can use customizable themes
Also it's easy to make use of your own "plugin" (scripts).
Pro Case insensitive
Instead of having to worry about case sensitive characters, you can use caps or lowercase wherever you please without causing any issues.
Pro Great keybindings
They seem to be emacs based.
Pro Clipboard history extension
Greenclip adds clipboard manager functionality.
Pro Greatly maintained
Pro Resource efficient
Pro Easily switch windows without mouse
Con Issues when Caps Lock is active
When typing with Caps Lock activated, it's impossible to use Backspace. Rofi eventually freezes in this scenario.
Con One of the most poorly documented launchers for new users
Challenge: Install Rofi and google how to actually start or use it. I'll wait. Sure, there's plenty of Arch bros screaming about dmenu, showing off editing of config files, integrating it with i3 or this or that...
uh... guys? how. do. we. actually: 1) start the damn thing. 2) use the damn thing.
I was intrigued because Rofi was ranked #1 on slant, which hasn't done me wrong so far with reviews. But I'm about to go back to using a third party dock in Xfce, because there's simply no resource on how to use Rofi for a complete newbie.
Con Zero images
This is a pro for some but it's a con for others.