Servicetech wrote:These eat up valuable vertical space (especially on netbooks & small laptops)
On netbooks and laptop, yes, but on a "big" modern screen, e.g. 23", no.
Servicetech wrote:Lets get the taskbars as Icons on the SIDE using the much less valuable horizontal real estate.
I hate the taskbars on the side. On the side or on the bottom, it's more or less the same, if you setup the same height, no? Just instead eating space at the bottom, you eat space at the side.
At least in KDE, you can do what you want. See the MALsPa topic and posts here
EDIT: In GNOME 2 you could try with DockBar
or the most recent version DockbarX
or even with DockbarX Experimental Windows 7 style
(or a mod from here
)... You could read this too: Windows 7 Like Superbar in Ubuntu 9.10
. The guy uses DockbarX...
An example screenshot with DockBarX from a guy: http://g.imagehost.org/view/0332/Screenshot_5.png
. You have also a windows 7 theme here
if you want (Shinybar theme)
You have also the Talika applet
, although maybe DockbarX is a bit more feature rich.
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