I run a cairo dock on my Lubuntu 13.04 netbook, which is where I got the idea.However, you can achieve something similar to Unity's dash -not equal- using KDE + Homerun, this will work in any Linux distribution, and if all you want is a dock, well, there are tons of options.
Is there an easier to read ubuntu doc? Maybe I could just modify my current distroIn my opinion Arch is the way to go if you want the very latest versions of the programs, that is the strongest point of Arch.
Arch is indeed very configurable, but that is also true for all general Linux distributions, including Ubuntu (At least until it migrates to Mir, then things might change). If you want to build a system to suit your needs Arch is not the only choice, although their Wiki certainly helps when you take this route, I find it easier to follow the instructions in the Arch Wiki than the Debian documentation, for example.
Mentioned earlier, LFS, is this similar to what you're talking about above? If not, why?It's true that you are a bit "on your own" with Arch, or better said, you are expected to investigate about your problem and try to fix it on your own before you ask for help, and when you do you are expected to give valuable information. This is not exclusive from Arch, you'll get the same recommendation in most other Linux forums.
Will you have the same packages in Arch? Not all of them, some things are exclusive to Ubuntu, in Arch you'll get no purchase recommendations from Amazon when you search your private documents, and there's no Ubuntu software center, but you can install easily Steam and you graphic cards closed source driver... you should have a look at the packages available in Arch and AUR to see if everything you expect is there.
I definitely want to try!Should you bother with Arch? Arch it's not for newbies, but an intermediate user willing to learn more about Linux and take control of the computer should give it a try at least.
I tried Wine once and was less than impressed. Is there a better way to go about it?I'd recommend to start with a Virtual Machine, like VirtualBox.