Monday, February 27, 2012

Ubuntu : Mac style dock - Cairo-Dock


Ubuntu : Mac style dock - Cairo-Dock

Cairo dock is a Mac OSX dock-like application that you can install in your Linux machine. One of the advantage that it has over other docks is that it does not require any compositing window manager to work. Even on a low-end PC, it will still work fine. This is not possible for docks like Avant Window Navigator which depends on compositing manager (such as Compiz) to function.

If you are using a PC that does not support any compositing manager, or you wanted to try out alternative dock for your Ubuntu machine, follow this tutorial to install and configure Cairo Dock on your Ubuntu Intrepid.

*It can also be installed directly from the Ubuntu Software Center*

Installing Cairo dock


Adding the repository

In your terminal,
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
Add the following line to the end of the file. Save and close.
deb http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu intrepid cairo-dock
Add the signed GPG key:
wget -q http://repository.cairo-dock.org/ubuntu/cairo-dock.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
Install the application:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plugins