Another time, another LTS release. It’s has been a while and our 12.04 LTS is now pretty old…time to switch to the new 14.04 LTS. Or maybe not.
Sometimes in the new Ubuntu Oneric Ocelot 11.1 launching a program and selecting ‘Keep in launcher’ is not enough. This may happen if your program requires special startup parameters, or simply because it requires a terminal to run in, ala’ Matlab. Creating a launcher on the desktop is not simply as right clicking to ‘create launcher’ as it was in older versions.
I wandered a while before finding my answer here (thanks to Bruno Pereira), as others where that useful to me.