Install The Brisk Menu On Ubuntu Mate – Oh Yea!

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In this video, we go over how to install and add the Brisk Menu to Ubuntu Mate with a PPA compatible with Ubuntu Mate 16.10 and 17.04

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:flexiondotorg/brisk-menu
sudo apt update
sudo apt install mate-applet-brisk-menu

Intro created with the help of Training in the Fire by Twin Musicom is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution license.



  1. If only it was available on Fedora MATE spin. I actually can't stand the default menu but it seems I have no choice. Why there isn't a test rpm as of yet is beyond me.

  2. Thanks for the review. I'm upgrading to Mate 17.04, and while reading the new installed packages I got to know about Brisk Menu, where it's installed by default. It's definitely better looking then the default menu.
    The search feature would be incredibly useful to me a couple years back, but now I use the Synapse launcher, and I rarely use the menu nowadays. For me, the menu is only useful when you forget the name of some new or seldom used application. In that case, categorization and reading the app names one by one is helpful. Even this feature would be unnecessary if Synapse could search by app description, keywords or category.
    Anyway, its always good to know our options, and rely on a better menu application when we need one.

  3. everything in linux is copy/paste.and that menu suck. i not care how something work i care how it look default is simple looking good apps there even somethimes go wrong"thinking" gategory" but do you really have 40000 apps?

  4. I love the Brisk menu and was really looking forward to installing it on Ubuntu MATE. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like it is compatible with 16.04 LTS. When I ran sudo apt update (or alternatively, sudo apt-get update), I got:
    W: The repository ' xenial Release' does not have a Release file.
    N: Data from such a repository can't be authenticated and is therefore potentially dangerous to use.
    N: See apt-secure(8) manpage for repository creation and user configuration details.
    Too bad…
    Thanks for the video, Big Daddy!

  5. I installed it in Manjaro KDE. In the ASCII table the uppercase letters range from 65 to 90 while the lowercase letters range from 97 to 122. So if you do a strcmp or the equivalent then you will have what you have shown in your video. A case insensitive comparison fixes this problem. I think you can theme it the way you like. Watch the videos of midfingr about the configuration possibilities in XFCE for the Whisker menu and transpose them for the Brisk menu. You need to carefully study the syntax of the configuration files and bring your own lines in some file(s) to get what you want.
    Ask Martin about it or Jody. As Jody was able to create OBRevenge within a year he surely knows how to do it.
    Best regards

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