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Cairo-Dock 3.2 release!

Author fabounet, Friday 22 March 2013 à 19:07
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Cairo-Dock is a pretty, fast and customizable desktop interface. You can see it as a good alternative/addition to Unity, Gnome-Shell, Xfce-panel, KDE-panel, etc
After 6 months of hard work, a new version of Cairo-Dock is available.

The Default-panel theme on a Cairo-Dock session

Here is a quick tour of the main news:

  • Multi-screen support has been improved.
  • The new applet Screenshot allows you to take screenshot (it's purpose is to replace gnome-screenshot and its annoying effects).
  • The new plug-in Sound-Effects adds sound effects to some actions on the icons.
  • Distant folders (samba, FTP, etc) and encrypted disks are now handled in the Shortcuts applet.

Environment support
Cairo-Dock can run on any desktop, and is a good addition to the classic shells (Unity, Gnome-Shell, KDE, etc) or it can even replace them advantageously.
This version brings further support of the classic shells:
  • Gnome-Shell support: the dock can now use some abilities of Gnome-shell (windows Exposé, desktops Exposé), as it already does with Compis and Kwin.
  • GDM support for user switching has also been added, as it already has for ldm, kdm, etc
  • The dock now supports Systemd (Fedora, Arch, etc) for the session management within the Logout applet
  • All the Unity indicators are now supported through a generic Indicator applet (Printer-menu, Bluetooth-menu, etc)
  • The Note-taking applet can now work without Tomboy or Gnote.
  • And the dock now compiles and runs fine on FreeBSD.

Windows of the same application can be displayed together by the dock, here on Gnome3

Cairo-Dock has great theming features, and they have been enhanced:
  • More themes are available, more desklet decorations too

One of the new themes available, with 2 desklets (Clock and Note-taking).
When the dock is hidden, important icons stay visible and are transparent to clicks

  • All icons can have a background
  • The default theme is better integrated with KDE

default theme under KDE, here on Fedora 18

And of course, countless bug-fixes and improvements all over the code.
As you can see, this is a really big version, and if you like the project, please feel free to contribute. Donations are possible, and any help about the translations, theming or third-party applets is very welcome

How to install:
It's easy to install Cairo-Dock, simply follow the wiki, depending on your distribution: http://glx-dock.org/ww_page.php?p=Accueil&lang=en#0-Installation
Note that for Fedora users, we now have our own repository !

More details

For a complete changelog, see here.

For even more themes, have a look at the theme manager, your favourite search engine, DeviantArt, Gnome-Look, etc.

A screencast (3.1)


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Guest, Tuesday 26 March 2013 à 13:51

There's no KDE-panel. It's called KDE Plasma. http://www.kde.org/workspaces/plasmadesktop/

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Guest, Wednesday 27 March 2013 à 19:39

"Multi-screen support has been improved." What exactly has been improved? I run Ubuntu 12.10 hooked to 2 monitors and previously was able to start 2 cairo docks, one centered in each monitor by changing the position of the second one to 1. But the problem was that every time I would restart my computer only one of the docks would remain and I would have to restart the second one over again and set the position so that it appeared on the other monitor. Is this what you guys fixed? Thanks!

fabounet, Wednesday 27 March 2013 à 19:46

You can now set the position of each dock on any screen (and I don't mean by starting 2 instances of cairo-dock).
Also, the dock now uses Xrandr instead of Xinerama, and should now update correctly when a monitor is plugged after startup.

About your problem, maybe you should: try the new version, and try to launch the dock with a small delay
Please report any problem on the forum if any

Guest, Tuesday 21 May 2013 à 14:01

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the best desktop environment for Cairo, is XFCE ! (in my opinion)

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