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Gnome-Do Docky To Become Separate Application

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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.”

He does go on to say that although Gnome-Do functionality will not be in the first release, they do hope to ensure Docky can communicate with its former parent inorder to give users some of the functionality they are so familiar with.

It should also be noted that this is NOT a fork of Gnome-Do or Docky from Gnome-Do.

I have to agree; running Docky on it’s own with Gnome-Do is one of the strangest initial 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.



HUD Theme


Docky also allows users to have more than one dock on a screen: –

Preferences Menu


It may be the slight disappointment at the news of the divorce or it might be justified, but there are a few things i do hope are rectified in coming releases and not overlooked.

  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

Gnome-Do Docky = Nice

Docky = Lame


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.

For more information check out the official launchpad page @

Edit: For some reason the icon for Docky 2 doesn’t show up for me, even after force refreshing my icon cache.