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    Gnome Dock

    http://www.gnome-dock.org/trac/wiki

    From what I understand, the project is not actively developed, but what we have for the moment is great. It is prettier than kiba-dock, more functional and also more "OS X-like". It takes more time to customize, but I think it's worth it. Here's how I installed it on Edgy with AIGLX:

    1. Install these packages
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install librsvg2-bin librsvg2-common librsvg2-dev libglitz-glx1 libglitz-glx1-dev

    2. Make sure you have build-essential to be able to compile cairo.


    3. Download Cairo 1.2.6

    http://cairographics.org/releases/cairo-1.2.6.tar.gz

    4. Install Cairo 1.2.6

    Code:
    ./configure --enable-warnings --enable-glitz --disable-quartz --disable-atsui --disable-xcb --disable-win32 --disable-gtk-doc
    Code:
    make
    Code:
    sudo make install
    5. Download cairo-dock

    http://www.gnome-dock.org/prerelease...-0.0.1b.tar.gz (doesn't seem to work anymore)
    Try this instead: cairo-dock.tar.gz

    6. Extract the tarball in /opt

    7. Install cairo-dock


    Code:
    make clean
    Code:
    make
    Also, change your virtual vertical size in Beryl from 1 to 2, otherwise it will probably bug. That's a weird fix found by someone in this thread, but it works.

    To open the dock, use

    Code:
    ./cairo-dock --no-glitz
    To add launchers, play with cairo-dock.c and redo
    Code:
    make
    once you've saved the file.

    Also, you'll probably have to change Vertical Virtual Size in Beryl from 1 to 2 to avoid a bug.

    At the moment, it only accepts icons in .svg, but it's fairly easy to convert .png to .svg using InkScape. Good luck!

    Last edited by GPH; November 21st, 2006 at 02:47 AM.

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    Re: Gnome Dock

    "make sure you have all the necessary packages to compile".. what do you mean? Oh, I see xgl and compiz, never mind.

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    Re: Gnome Dock

    No, I meant the build-essential packages, but you also need AIGLX/XGL to be able to run this. BTW, does it work for someone else than me ?
    Last edited by GPH; November 20th, 2006 at 03:46 AM.

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    Re: Gnome Dock

    After playing around with beryl for a while, watching things work arbitrarily and not work with clocklike precision, I'm pretty sure that if I have to put any kind of x-""-gl or compiz priz whatever on to use something, I'll just pass. That's a neat looking dock, but it's not worth having to put all that on my computer just for that one look.

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    Re: Gnome Dock

    GPH, do you still have the tarball? I'm interested in playing around with gnome-dock, but it looks like the site is having problems.

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    Re: Gnome Dock

    Quote Originally Posted by jlosch View Post
    GPH, do you still have the tarball? I'm interested in playing around with gnome-dock, but it looks like the site is having problems.
    I didn't have the original tarball, so I made one from my dock folder that also includes the icons that I use. The attachment is in the how-to.

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    Re: Gnome Dock

    Quote Originally Posted by GPH View Post
    I didn't have the original tarball, so I made one from my dock folder that also includes the icons that I use. The attachment is in the how-to.
    Thanks, that worked great. For some reason, though, I can't seem to get the icons to show up. Only dc++.svg seems to work. I tried changing the file names to absolute paths in cairo-dock.c then recompiling, but no luck. Guess I'll have to play around with it some more.

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    Re: Gnome Dock

    Kooldock seems to do this and works just fine under Edgy. Very easy to configure and add stuff to.
    Before taking down a fence, it may be a good idea to find out why it was put up.
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    Re: Gnome Dock

    But Kooldock and kibadock are all written for kde, using the qt toolkit.

    Whereas normal ubuntu users may not want a kde app, loading lots of extra qt libraries.

    Or maybe its just me preferring to use gnome apps in gnome and kde apps in kde...
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    Re: Gnome Dock

    Ok, I think I figured it out. When you converted the .png files to .svg, Inkscape saved them not as true svg's, but as an svg with an embedded image. From amarok.svg:

    Code:
      <image
         xlink:href="/home/guillaume/.icons/OSX/scalable/apps/amarok.png"
         sodipodi:absref="/home/guillaume/.icons/OSX/scalable/apps/amarok.png"
         width="48"
         height="48"
         id="image2293"
         x="0"
         y="0" />
    So for anyone using the tarball from the post, you'll need to find different svg icons.

    Otherwise, this how-to works great. Thanks for the files GPH!

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