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Improve Your Linux Desktop Experience with a Dock

Oct 12, 2010, 20:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack Wallen)

"One of the best features of Linux is its flexibility, and nowhere is that more obvious than the desktop. Your Linux desktop can have the look and feel of any desktop environment you want. One reason for this flexibility is the ability to add and remove small applications to better the desktop experience, like desktop docks Cairo-Dock and Avant Window Navigator.

"What's a dock? A desktop dock is a launch bar where you can add and remove launchers for applications as well as small applications that serve various purposes. If you've seen or used Mac OS X, then you get the idea. A dock does a great job of extending the usefulness, functionality, and even the "cool" factor of the desktop. The nice thing about AWN and Cairo-Dock is that they're much more extensible than the Mac OS X Dock.

"Most distributions do not ship with a dock configured by default, though, so I'm going to introduce you to both docks and how to get started with them. Both of these fantastic tools are easily installable on nearly every distribution. For that reason I will demonstrate both on Fedora 13."

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