I have been playing with the Windows 7 beta since yesterday afternoon, and while the OS is still, well, Windows, the new taskbar is just plain awesome.
Is there a way to approximate the new Windows 7 taskbar in Ubuntu without installing a dock that needs compositing to function?
There are basically two things I like:
1. Like a dock, each application gets only one icon in the taskbar, and you can "stick" certain icons to the taskbar to function as launchers.
2. When you hover over an application, you see all the open windows for that application, and you can close them or right-click for other options.