I’ve been using IntelliJ on Ubuntu 10.10 lately for work and rather than starting things from the terminal I wanted a pretty launcher in the top menu.
After a quick search I found this site:
IntelliJ Ubuntu Launcher
Following the instructions yielded a pretty launcher to sit in my top menu bar.
The only improvement I could add is to have an /opt/intellij-current directory and use
sudo ln -s /opt/idea-IU-99.18 /opt/idea-current
to redirect it around to point to the current version of IntelliJ you have.