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Cairo-Dock Session

With Cairo-Dock 2.4.0 and newer, you can use Cairo-Dock with Gnome as a session manager: Your session is managed by Cairo-Dock instead of Gnome-Panel, Gnome-Shell, Unity, etc.

(For other screenshots, screencasts and info: http://glx-dock.org/mr_article.php?b=5&a=61)

Ubuntu / Debian users
If you're using Ubuntu or Debian, simply install Cairo-Dock (from our repository), log-out and log-in in a Cairo-Dock session:
(this is what you should have on Ubuntu 12.04 ; screenshot from WebUpd8)

Other users
If you don't have the possibility to choose this session with your desktop manager (GDM, LightDM, etc.), that means the dock has not been compiled this CMake flag: -Denable-desktop-manager=yes
There is two possibilities:
  • Recompile the dock with this CMake Flag: -Denable-desktop-manager=yes
  • Install it manually:
    • Download these files from BZR or this webpage here
      cairo-dock-session cairo-dock.session cairo-dock.desktop
    • Install cairo-dock-session in /usr/bin/
      sudo cp cairo-dock-session /usr/bin/
    • Install cairo-dock.desktop in /usr/share/xsessions
      sudo cp cairo-dock.desktop /usr/share/xsessions/
    • Then install cairo-dock.session in /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions
      sudo cp cairo-dock.session /usr/share/gnome-session/sessions/
      Don't hesitate to modify this file (e.g. you can remove this line: IsRunnableHelper ; and edit this line if you want to use another WM: DefaultProvider-windowmanager)

  • If you already have installed Cairo-Dock, you can load the 'Default-Panel' theme -> Right click on the dock / Cairo-Dock / Configure / Themes
  • You've to install Gnome-session to use this session
  • If Unity is still there, if there is no decoration at the top of all windows, if the Alt+Tab feature is not enabled, please have a look there: Cairo-Dock and Unity (FAQ section)

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