*Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled?

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*Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled?

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I enjoy using a dock on GNOME, but I tend to have one major problem.. compiz sucks up my resources, slows things down and causes crashes. Not to mention it overheats my laptop and prevents me from gaming/multitasking easily.

I love docks and I would like to use a stable dock that doesn't require compiz or 3d effects (or the like) to be enabled. Does this exist?

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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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I am running Mint 9 Xfce, and I too do not use compiz. Docky is my dock of choice. I have added the ppa to be able to get automatic updates by following these instructions :
http://www.ubuntugeek.com/how-to-instal ... u-ppa.html

good luck, and regards from Saskatchewan.
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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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Using an Ubuntu PPA on LMDE could lead to problems, just FYI.

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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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In LMDE, you may wish to enable Metacity Compositing. I know previous versions of AWN and Docky have worked without Compiz as long as Metacity Compositing was enabled. I have not tried this recently, but I remember it working pretty good. It might be worth testing out.
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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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If you want a simple dock, you can just use the panel itself as a dock.
Just use the properties to configure it.

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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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jup - auto-expand off and a couple of launchers. not very pretty though
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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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While technically not dock -- more like an application launcher with eye candy -- you might consider using wbar. It does not need compositing or compiz to run, so it is quite light on resources and can run on older hardware. It is not quite as easy to configure as docky, cairo, or AWN, but it does have some GUI tools (wbarconf and wbar util). Also, if you have ever used or seen screenshots of Dreamlinux, which is Debian Testing with XFCE, wbar is the default dock for that distro.

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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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I use GLX Dock (cairo-dock) with openGL No compiz on my computer, don't need it. I've used it on Linux Mint, Ubuntu and now Sabayon with no crashes and it is stable. You can use 3D or not, the choice is yours.
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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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kei84 wrote:If you want a simple dock, you can just use the panel itself as a dock.
Just use the properties to configure it.
exactly... What is a dock but a panel without anything useful besides some application launchers.

actually sounds like a bug report for a panel "the panel doesn't work for anything but launching applications, HELP" :lol:

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Re: *Stable* dock that does not require compiz to be enabled

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docky - Elegant, powerful, clean dock
docker - System tray for KDE3/GNOME2 docklet applications
cairo-dock - Light eye-candy fully themable animated dock for Linux desktop
alltray - Dock any program into the system tray
tint2 - lightweight taskbar
fbpanel - A lightweight X11 desktop panel
lxpanel - a lightweight desktop panel for X
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