senshikaze wrote:If you prefer not to have to mess with root, you can put it in ~/.local/share/applications/ as well. This will make it only show up for your account though. I personally put all my non-deb packaged programs into ~/.bin so I don't have to muddle with the system. Hopefully by release they will have a .deb and a .rpm.
I agree, ~/.local/share/applications/ is actually a better place to put the desktop file. That being said, I prefer to put locally installed programs in ~/opt and then link the binaries in ~/bin (the local bin folder should automatically added to your path, at least that's what happens on all my Ubuntu machines).
Also, I am willing to create a deb and setup a ppa for Ubuntu if jps gives me the ok.