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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
One of the first things that newcomers to GNU/Linux learn to do is to bypass big Start menus and blank screens (like Fluxbox) and use ALT+F2 to launch an application by simply typing in its name. Every desktop ecosystem has its own way of implementing this feature and I was pleasantly surprised, after a long absense from the KDE desktop, to see how it could be used to do some really clever things. Here's five of them.
Create a desktop shortcut
Yes, you can start software from the menu (once you've found it) or create an application launcher which will take even longer. It's much easier and quicker to just drag the item to the desktop once the entry appears in the ALT+F2 box.