As of today, Hamster sports a global hotkey so you can summon it without your hands leaving keyboard! Hotkey preference is stored in a GConf key. Currently the only means of changing it is via gconf-editor, the key is located in /apps/hamster-applet/general. Default hotkey is Super+H.

Under Debian based systems, like Ubuntu, to get Hamster’s GConf schema correctly installed, you need to specify --with-gconf-schema-file-dir parameter when running, so the command looks something like his:

./ --prefix=/usr/ --with-gconf-schema-file-dir=/usr/share/gconf/schemas/