IntelliJ IDEA is very easy to install: download and unzip, can’t be simpler.
However creating a launcher for it is not that straightforward, whether it is a Gnome / KDE keyboard shortcut, desktop launcher, docking launcher ( e.g. avant window navigator ) or a simple “Alt+F1” menu item.
But it is Ubuntu after all: the virtual land of unlimited possibilities.
Here is a simple launcher script that will do the trick:
#!/bin/bash export JAVA_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun export JDK_HOME=/usr/lib/jvm/java-6-sun export IDEA_HOME=/opt/idea-IU-95.66 export IDEA_VM_OPTIONS="$IDEA_HOME/bin/idea.vmoptions" export IDEA_PROPERTIES="$IDEA_HOME/bin/idea.properties" cd "$IDEA_HOME/bin" export LIBXCB_ALLOW_SLOPPY_LOCK=1 ./idea.sh
A couple of things to note:
1. Point JAVA_HOME and JAVA_JDK to the place where you have JDK installed
2. Point IDEA_HOME where you have IntelliJ IDEA installed
3. Make this script executable e.g. chmod +x idea-launcher.sh [ given that you name it “idea-launcher.sh”, of course ]
Now you are free to create any kind of launcher that suites your needs pointing it to this script.