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Old 04-27-2007, 11:11 AM   #1
mitchell7man
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Question What dock is the best...in gnome?


Hi, i am looking into getting a dock, kind of like mac's dock in OS X etc. but i don't know which one to get, i am running ubuntu feisty fawn, with gnome. Also, what are your experiences using docks? Thanks,
 
Old 04-27-2007, 11:57 AM   #2
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I don't know whether Gnome has anything like a docker. The only one I ever tried on Gnome was KDE-related (kxdocker), it does fit in with the Os X style.
 
Old 04-27-2007, 07:04 PM   #3
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I installed KXDOCKER, but when i try to launch it i get this.
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mitchellj@mitchellj-desktop:~$ kxdocker
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 167
Major opcode: 144
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 167
Major opcode: 144
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
kbuildsycoca running...
KXDocker Will use Composite Extensions!
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 167
Major opcode: 144
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
X Error: BadDevice, invalid or uninitialized input device 167
Major opcode: 144
Minor opcode: 3
Resource id: 0x0
Failed to open device
kxdocker: WARNING: Cannot find updated resources: you may need to update or reinstall KXDocker resources, checkout http://www.xiaprojects.com/www/prodo...load#resources
kxdocker: WARNING: loading xml...
kxdocker: WARNING: Warning user kxdocker_conf.xml may be corrupt: loading last backup!
kxdocker: WARNING: Warning user, and backup configurations are corrupt! I'm going to load system kxdocker_conf.xml !!!
kxdocker: WARNING: Warning user, backup, system configurations are corrupt! please install right kxdocker_conf.xml
ERROR: KUniqueApplication: Registering failed!
ERROR: Communication problem with kxdocker, it probably crashed.
does anyone know what is wrong?

And I am still open to suggestion of other docks, thanks,
 
Old 04-27-2007, 07:44 PM   #4
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Hmm, if you are running Gnome exclusively, that may be all the explanation you need. KXdocker does depend on certain KDE components: KDE libs, KDE base and QT. It's highly unlikely (and that's an understatement) it will work without them. I just checked their home page and they do mention that porting to Gnome is still a future project. In the meantime, you would have to install at least parts of KDE to get it working. Personally, I have both KDE and Gnome set up. Although I use Gnome most of the time, I think it's just great because I can KDE apps from Gnome, some of which are just as good if not better than the Gnome equivalents. Maybe have a look at their home page yourself, they have a few snappy screenshots:

http://www.xiaprojects.com/www/prodo...ocker/main.php

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Old 04-28-2007, 03:52 PM   #5
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Ok, thanks... i have tried kiba-docker and it seems pretty cool, though it is not as smooth as others like rocket dock in windows. Thanks, if anyone knows of a really smooth dock please let me know... is kxdocker smooth ? I know smooth is hard to define but i am talking about something that just looks and runs really neat. Thanks,
 
Old 04-28-2007, 07:05 PM   #6
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Kooldock is nice, too, but again it is a KDE thing. As I said, I doubt whether Gnome has any docker at all. Same goes for superKaramba. If you're really into the eye-candy part, you should ask yourself whether you really prefer Gnome.
 
Old 04-28-2007, 09:00 PM   #7
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Woah, did you just say that gnome can't do candy? I'm not even going to get into that... but that post was misleading. Anyway. try gdesklets. Once you get it, go to toolbars/launchers, and try starter bar. It's nothing too special - just the basic zoom and launch, but kiba is far too buggy for me. It's not in the realm of stardock or mac os, but it works.
 
Old 04-28-2007, 09:11 PM   #8
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Since I'm using Gnome most of the time, there wouldn't be any interest in misrepresenting it, would there? I'd just like you to show me the Gnome equivalent of something like KxDocker. Just follow the link I posted above to see what I mean. Or look at superKaramba. I know that Gnome can give you things like Compiz and all - but so can KDE. I meant to refer to the extras.
 
Old 04-29-2007, 07:09 AM   #9
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gdesklets may not have the variety of choices of superkarambas themes, but the technology is there - hopefully more people will develop for it. I will definitely admit superkaramba has some pretty sexy ones. As far as the KXDocker, I'll have to reboot into SusSe to try it out, (as my Ubuntu is for gnome only...) but as far as I can see from the movie, it doesn't look too far removed from the gdesklets starter bar. Once you have a functional dock with some fair animations, it's all just icon choice. The gdesklets starter bar may not be as fluid and smooth as KXDoxker - I can't really tell from the movie. I will check it out though. Thanks.
 
Old 04-29-2007, 09:25 AM   #10
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Also, if you're using beryl, check out bdock.
 
Old 04-29-2007, 02:58 PM   #11
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ok, bdock, will check it out, but out of curiosity do you know of a site that has info about bdock? screenshots etc. if not no problem just wondering. Thanks for all the suggestions,
 
Old 04-30-2007, 08:29 AM   #12
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Mitchell7man-
I'm going to reboot into linux so I can check the repos for bdock. I'm not finding anything instantly rewarding through my searches. I would much rather see a decent screenshot over a friggin' novel.

But for now, here's some info I found on other projects.

First and foremost - Avant Window Navigator.
I haven't used it. I am not sure if it can operate like a launcher, or if it really just a pretty task manager.
http://code.google.com/p/avant-window-navigator/


Cairo-dock. I think it's dead. The cairo-clock is alive and well, but the dock seems to have been left behind. I could be wrong. EDIT - SEE NEXT POST - I think cairo (now udock) is the best bet.
http://macslow.thepimp.net/?p=61

Here are the sources for bdock... but no screens. Labled as Fedora extras
http://rpmfind.net/linux/rpm2html/se...hp?query=bdock

BTW, Jay73 - I tried xqde, the replacement for KDocker. I would put it at the level of The gdesklets starter bar, maybe half a step above. I think kiba is the best one I've tried (on linux) but it has problems. Maybe in future releases they will get over the novelty of absurd physics effects, and cut the fat so there is a truly usable dock.

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Old 04-30-2007, 08:38 AM   #13
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I was wrong. cairo-dock is alive and... well? It's called udock now... or Gnomedock... or Universal Dock - depending on where you look. Looks like macslow made a few bucks. It's still free, though.

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

here are some recently posted files.
http://code.google.com/p/udock/downloads/list




Here's something else. I think it's ugly though
http://beatnik.infogami.com/Gimmie


I have not tried any of these. I'm just giving you some options. I think udock and avant look the best. I'll try some out today.

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Old 04-30-2007, 10:21 AM   #14
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Ok, thanks,
 
Old 04-30-2007, 12:39 PM   #15
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Are you aware there is currently a thread running in the "General" section where people are posting and comparing their desktops? Have a look and I'm sure you could pick up a few good ideas.
 
  


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