I've been a gnome Ubuntu user since 7.10 and I was perfectly happy with it for several years. And then with the upcoming release of 11.10 officially retiring gnome2 replacing it with gnome shell and unity (both of which I absolutely hate) I finally jumped ship to KDE. That being said I have always set my desktop up like OSX (global menu bar on top and dock at the bottom). Both Unity and Gnome Shell have removed the ability to customize the way I want to so it was simply time to move on.
I feel like I never gave KDE a fair shake since its disastrous initial release but I'm quite pleased to find that it's improved greatly since then back in the 8.04 days. My biggest issue now is what dock will work best with KDE?
I've tried Cairo-dock but it is slow and buggy and like virtually every other dock, uses GTK+.
I've tried Docky which works well, but like Cairo which also uses GTK+ and tends to disregard my icon theme, favoring the default gnome icons which are hideous.
I thought about installing Avant Window Navigator (my dock of choice on Gnome for the past several years) but when I went to 'sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator' I saw that it basically has to install the whole gnome desktop as a dependency. No thank you...
I tried Fancy Tasks but the program is broken (despite being available in the repos...) and crashes plasma every time I try to use it.
I'm currently using the Daisy Plasmoid which looks nice and is completely native to KDE, but it is not very configurable and is notably missing the intellihide feature and despite having a configuration option to support drag and drop launchers, it does not work as advertised. In essence, it behaves like a simplified version of the OSX dock.
Are there any dock programs that are native to KDE the rival Docky or AWN in terms of functionality?