Even More Space With Cairo Dock

Last time I talked about globalmenu. Today, I show you how you get even more space by replacing the bottom gnome panel with a dock like cairo-dock.

First you need to get the key of this unsigned package:

wget -q http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu/cairo-dock.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Next, add

deb http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu intrepid cairo-dock

to your sources.list

Install it:

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

Choose your desired theme (e.g. Clear) and you are almost done.

To start cairo-dock automatically opening System > Preferences > Sessions and at an entry with the command cairo-dock.

Log off and on and your cairo-dock should be available at the bottom of your screen. Now, the former bottom panel is of no value anymore so I removed it.


4 Responses to Even More Space With Cairo Dock

  1. Oliver says:

    So it looks more and more like Mac OS X ;-).

  2. strug says:

    Yes. And that for free 😀

  3. hzxu says:

    Hello, do you have to enable compiz(in preference->appearance->visual effect) to use the dock? I’m afraid there will be some stability problems when using compiz. Thanks!

  4. strug says:

    you can use cairo dock without compiz as well. you won’t have a transparent background than.
    i use compiz and didn’t run into problems so far.

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