Gnome-Do’s Docky mode will soon no longer be part of Gnome-Do but instead launch itself as a standalone application.
Arguably the most popular dock for Linux there has ever been, Docky has found itself “outgrowing” Gnome-Do “for many reasons”. Docky developer Jason Smith put it like this: -
Internally GNOME Do was starting to look like two programs loosely coupled by a common base of items. The hacks to make Docky work internally were getting worse and worse and things were just not maintainable in the long run.
I have to agree; running Docky on it’s own with Gnome-Do is one of the strangest inital impressions i’ve ever had of an app. I keep instinctively pressing WIN + SPACE and typing the name of app only to look down at the dock and see nothing happening on it – it feels odd!
Of course, Docky will remain a MONO app through and through and bring with it exciting new features, improvements and – finally – customization!
The current Alpha of Docky comes with four different themes.
Docky also allows users to have more than one dock on a screen: -
1. No Weather Widget is available yet.
2. Bring back the animations when dragging an app off the dock.
3. Ditch the FUGLY Cairo-Dock like pop-ups
If you want to try Docky out – and bear in mind it’s very very alpha – then you can simply grab the source from bzr.
- Open a terminal
- Assuming you already have bzr installed, get the source: -
- bzr branch lp:docky
- cd docky/
- make && sudo make install (Or use sudo checkinstall if you like checkinstall!)
You can install this alongside Gnome-Do without issue – it’s a separate install.
Quirks/Bugs I Noticed
- If when exiting Docky it remains on screen, open a terminal and type ‘pkill mono’. This will fully quit the application.
- Adding applications can be hit or miss sometimes, just try and try again.
- Extra docks can sometimes “not work”. Move the dock to a position that does, add your launchers and then move it back. It’ll now work.