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First Steps

Cairo-Dock 2 mit OpenGL Unterstützung

Mit der Version des Cairo-Dock 2.0 können Sie zwischen der Cairo-Dock ohne oder mit OpenGL wählen. Mit OpenGL ist die Benutzung Ihrer Grafikkarte maximiert und das Dock funktioniert selbst unter starker Last der CPU mit vielen Effekten und Plug-ins flüssig. Unglücklicherweise unterstützen alle ATI und Intel Karten OpenGL v2 nicht so gut wie Nvidia Karten, unter Ubuntu Karmic und Fedora 12 scheint das Problem für Intel Karten aufgelöst worden zu sein. For the owner of ATI or Intel video card, for which DRI2 support is under development, as well as for the legacy video card which do no support OpenGL v2, the Cairo back-end is still available. This allow everybody to be able to enjoy most of the dock's improvements and the new applets. Nevertheless, drivers are improving every day and we hope that you can use Cairo-Dock with OpenGL with every graphics cards!

Starten des Cairo-Dock
Es gibt verschiedene Wege um das Cairo-Dock laufen zu lassen. Für einen Standard Start ohne ein Backend, tippen Sie bitte das folgende in ein Terminal und drücken Enter:

$ cairo-dock &

Dies wird eine Meldung erscheinen lassen, die Sie fragen wird welches Backend Sie für die aktuelle Session wählen möchten (OpenGL oder Cairo) There is an option to remember the choice and if not choosing to remember the choice, a startup message will be generated each time cairo-dock is run without backend options. To supress the startup message, you can specify which backend to use when running cairo-dock by specifying it as an option.

Läuft mit dem OpenGL Backend
$ cairo-dock -o

Läuft mit dem Cairo Backend
$ cairo-dock -c

Note: Alle ATI Karten Nutzer müssen diese Option benutzen sobald Sie Cairo-Dock laufen lassen.

Benutzen des Cairo-Dock mit GNOME
  • Gehen Sie zu Anwendungen > Systemwerkzeuge > Cairo-Dock oder GlxDock (Cairo-Dock with OpenGL)
  • Oder drücken Sie STRG + F2 und tippen cairo-dock & in die box die sich öffnet danach bestätigen.

Running cairo-dock at startup
This depends on which desktop environment or window manager that is being used and which backend cario-dock should be run with. The following section shows how to run cairo-dock at startup without forcing a backend.

Cairo-dock method
Run cairo-dock and right-click the dock and go to Cairo-Dock > Launch Cairo-Dock on startup. The settings will be stored in ~/.config/autostart/ and sourced the next time you login.

Aber falls Sie es möchten, können Sie das Werkzeug ihrer Deskto-Umgebung nutzen:

Gehen Sie zu System > Einstellungen > Sitzungen oder Startprogramme und fügen einen Eintrag für Cairo-Dock hinzu.

Fügen Sie einen Eintrag zu den Startprogramme hinzu:
$ gnome-session-properties

Gehen Sie zum Kde Control center > Kde Komponenten > Hinzufügen oder Desktopeinstellungen > Erweiterte Einstellungen > Autostart > Programm hinzufügen, dann Cairo-Dock hinzufügen
Add the following to ~/.config/openbox/autostart.sh or ~/.fluxbox/startup accordingly:
cario-dock &

Go to the Menu > Parameters > Applications started Automatically > Add, then add cairo-dock.
Or Add the following to ~/.config/xfce4/xinitrc:
cairo-dock &

Two cairo-docks are running
This is most likely a result of saved sessions being runned at login. If you are using a desktop environment like GNOME, KDE or Xfce you need to disable automatic startup of sessions/programs in your session manager settings. You may also need to delete the sessions cache:

$ rm ~/.cache/sessions/x*

If you are not using a desktop environment with a session manager or choose to have cario-dock startup by itself, you need to remove autostart files generated by cario-dock:

$ rm ~/.config/autostart/cairo-dock*

The background is black
This is most likely caused by not running a composite manager, like Xcompmgr or Cairo Compmgr. Cairo-dock uses the transparency feature of the composite manager to display the dock, and without it the dock will be displayed with a black background. If you are using a desktop environment, simply enable the composite manager or desktop effects in the settings.

An alternative solution that does not require a composite manager is to enable fake transparency in cairo-dock. To do this, right-click the dock and go to Cario-Dock > Configure > Advanced Mode > System > Composition. Then enable both Emulate composition with fake transparency and Make the config panel transparent.

Cairo-Dock is on only one cube face
Cairo-dock can sometimes have a curious behaviour. This is likely because the desktop environment needs time to start up and prepare resources before cairo-dock is launched. Therefor you should try running cairo-dock with a delay:

sh -c "sleep 15 && cairo-dock &"

It will now wait for 15 seconds, before running.

If you have other problems and issues with cairo-dock, you should look for them in the Recurrents Problems section or search the forum.

If you have any problems you can see how to easily customize your favorite dock in the Customization section.

Cairo-Dock works on Linux
Several research on the web shows that some people have been able to use the dock on a few Linux distributions:
  • Ubuntu/Debian (Cairo-Dock is developed on that distribution)
  • Fedora
  • ArchLinux
  • Mandriva
  • Gentoo
  • Frugalware
  • OpenSuSe

And some window managers:
  • Gnome (with Gnome-integration plug-in)
  • Xfce (with xfce-integration plug-in)
  • KDE
  • Openbox

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