In this tutorial we will go over on how to create a desktop shortcut or application launcher in Ubuntu 11.10. In previous version it was pretty easy to create a desktop launcher; you pretty much right click the desktop and create your launcher, but not so easy in this version of Ubuntu, and that’s what we are going to cover.
1- Open a terminal in Unity (dash windows->type “terminal”)
2- Install gnome-panel package
sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-panel
3- Open the “Create Launcher” app by typing
gnome-desktop-item-edit ~/Desktop/ --create-new
4- Give it a name and the command to launch the application. In this case we’re using thunderbird.