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GLX-Dock 2.2 reaches the beta state

Author fabounet, Thursday 29 July 2010 à 10:30
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An official beta release of the 2.2 version of GLX-Dock is available.
An official beta release of the 2.2 version of GLX-Dock is available.

The main goal of this version is to approach the usability of the <your desktop environment here>-panel.
To reach it, we aimed at making an "Unity" theme, based on the recent interesting remarks of Canonical.

What's new?

4 points were targeted :

Be unobstrusive :
GLX-Dock now has 2 new visibility modes: "hide whenever the dock overlaps the active window" and "hide whenever the dock overlaps any window".
The dock will hide itself anytime it could get in your way, and will be visible otherwise.
You can choose between several smooth hiding animations: fade-out, semi-transparent, move-down, etc.
To make things better, icons that should draw your attention (like a message in the Pidgin applet or an alarm in the Clock applet) are visible (and animated) even when the dock is hidden.

Desklets (applets that are detached from the dock) can also be placed on your desktop without preventing you from clicking on what's behind.

Here is a short demo:

Be useful
Some new key functionnalities make the dock a swiss-knife : possibility to manage tasks in the Clock's calendar, possibility to lock the screen in the Logout applet, possibility to use tiny URLs in the Drop-and-Share applet, the Dustbin applet handles all the drives, etc.
The Me-Menu and Messaging-Menu applets developed by Canonical for the gnome-panel can also be added to the dock in 1 click.

For those who want to write applets easily and in an language, the Dbus API has also gained some new functions. Write a DBus Applet

Be simple:
All the themes (including the default one) have been polished, they are pretty and functionnal after you select them.

The simple config panel now lets you set up most of the parameters you'd like to change in the first 5 minutes.
The advanced config panel is still present for those of you who want to tweak their theme, but you probably don't need it any more for a basic usage.

For this purpose, a new view has been added : the "panel" view. It turns the Dock into a pretty panel.
Also, since netbooks have a small screen footprint, it's a good idea to spread icons over several main docks. Therefore, it's now possible to create as many docks as you want, and to configure them independently (position, visibility, view, background).

Here is a short demo:

To try it:
If you're under Ubuntu >= 9.04 :
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/weekly
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

otherwise :
echo "deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/cairo-dock-team/weekly/ubuntu $(lsb_release -sc) main ## Cairo-Dock-PPA-Weekly" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list
sudo apt-key adv --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com --recv-keys E80D6BF5
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins
A weekly repository is also available for Debian (and other forks like Linux Mint) users (Weekly ppa). For any other GNU/Linux & BSD distributions, you can also compile it with sources code From BZR

It is already very stable, but as any beta, it can contain some bugs.
The work is now focusing on fixing them all.
We appreciate any kind of contribution: bug reports, feedbacks, videos, themes, translations, patches, applets, etc

PS: Follow us on identi.ca (http://identi.ca/cairodock) or Twitter (http://twitter.com/cairodock) ! Or speak with us on #cairo-dock or #cairo-dock-fr on irc.freenode.net

Tags : 2.2.0-0beta3

Guest, Monday 02 August 2010 à 21:40

I'm already running 2.2-beta3(in Lucid) and having no problems with any of it

matttbe, Monday 02 August 2010 à 22:59


Guest, Tuesday 03 August 2010 à 13:38

the best dock ever keep on

Guest, Wednesday 04 August 2010 à 05:24

Is there a way to have Cairo-Dock start automatically at boot?

Guest, Wednesday 04 August 2010 à 05:25

Is there a way to have Cairo-Dock start automatically at boot?
I'm using Ubuntu 10.04.

matttbe, Wednesday 04 August 2010 à 07:44

Right click on the dock / Cairo-Dock / Add ... at Startup

Or have a look at this wiki page => http://www.glx-dock.org/ww_page.php?p=First%20Steps&lang=en

Guest, Wednesday 04 August 2010 à 15:19

Thank you, matttbe

Guest, Thursday 16 December 2010 à 19:02

ive had it crash on me a couple of times after install forgot what i did though i think i was trying to add something or work on the visibilty side of it. for that reason ive got the stock top bar on the right and hidden. This dock is really nice i was using Awn I seen this in the repo and thought ide try it out and i was like WOW thats NICE!! If i come across the crash again with this ill be sure to report it sorry bout that im 6 months into useing linux ubuntu and kubuntu and i didnt think to note it down to report the issue.. Great work with this I really like it

Guest, Thursday 13 January 2011 à 23:04

and now, my commentar...what? you give me SIX? but..but..no I'm not Richaaard!
What do you say? a cox box??!

---> [] (sorry fabounet, couldn't resist )

fabounet, Friday 14 January 2011 à 09:36

oh, another IP to ban

Guest, Thursday 18 May 2017 à 03:31

Wow. cool post. I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real hard work to make a great article… but I put things off too much and never seem to get started. Thanks though. common rail

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