Friday, September 11, 2009

Cairo-Dock Theme for Ubuntu

About Cairo Dock:

Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows). Now, you can use Cairo-Dock with OpenGL (to use your graphic card!). Some screenshots

It is compatible with Compiz-Fusion, Beryl, Compiz and Xcompmgr, but it can also run without a composite manager (using fake transparency). Cairo-Dock can run under GNOME, KDE and XFCE.

These Commands will be typed in the terminal

This is only for Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) 32/64bit, Ubuntu 8.10 (Intrepid Ibex) 32/64bit and Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty Jackalope) 32/64bit.

To add the Cairo-Dock repository to your sources open the sources.list file:

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and add the appropriate repository to the end of the file:

deb jaunty cairo-dock # For Ubuntu 9.04

deb intrepid cairo-dock # For Ubuntu 8.10

deb hardy cairo-dock # For ubuntu 8.04

The signed GPG key for identification of the repository is:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Then, to install Cairo-Dock, issue these two commands in the terminal:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

Note: if you get the error "E: Couldn't find package cairo-dock-plug-ins" try the code below as it seems there has been a name change and the package is now called cairo-dock-plugins in intrepid.

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock-plugins

There are no repositories available for releases older than Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron). So, if you want Cairo-Dock for an older release, you must compile it or download the package.

How to run Cairo Dock:

Go to Application->System Tools->Cairo dock(with no open GL)/cairo dock (with Open Gl)

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