With the recent release of the Scala IDE 4.3 it was time to download and upgrade my Ubuntu development environment. Long time ago, I could just run the Scala (or Eclipse) IDE from the command line (./eclipse) and then right-click the ? icon in the unity launcher and “Lock to Launcher”.
Sometime in 2011, an Ubuntu upgrade forced a different approach because using this default method, the Eclipse menu items were not visible. This seems to have been fixed but I still like my Eclipse menu on top of the Eclipse window rather than on the very top of the screen:
So I still use the following incantation in ~/.local/share/applications/scala-ide.desktop:
Then open with Nautilus and drag the Scala IDE icon to the launch panel: