Features can be added via plugins
A dock can be used on any Linux kernel-based operating system to modernize the desktop environment, make it more attractive and usable, in the style of the interface of the Mac OS X operating system.
Cairo-Dock is a sophisticated software powered by a state-of-the-art plugin architecture, which allows users to add functionality and customize it as they see fit. Its looks can also be customized via themes, which can be created by users or downloaded from the Internet.
Supported standards and protocols
Cairo-Dock implements a vast amount of standards and protocols, including Desktop Entry Specification, Desktop Menu Specification, Startup Notification, Window manager specification (X11 EWMH and ICCCM), as well as the system tray protocol.
Additionally, the desktop base directory spec, Ubuntu's indicators, Ubuntu's Launcher API, Ubuntu's Global Menu, StatusNotifierIcon, MPRIS 1&2 and RSS protocol are also implemented in Cairo-Dock.
Cairo-Dock supports a wide range of interfaces, including Compiz, GNOME-Shell, Zeitgeist, KWin, Cinnamon, DisplayManager, ConsoleKit, logind, systemd, desktop notifications, accounts, UPower, kernel stats from /proc and screensaver.
Supported operating systems and desktop environments
At the moment, the project is compatible and has been successfully tested with several open-source desktop environment, among which we can mention GNOME Classic (GNOME 2), MATE, LXDE, Xfce, Cinnamon, as well as various window managers, such as Openbox, Enlightenment and Fluxbox.
It is compatible with many distributions of Linux, from which the user can easily install the latest version of the Cairo-Dock using the default software repositories. Both 32-bit and 64-bit hardware platforms are supported at this time.
Reviewed by Marius Nestor, last updated on October 22nd, 2014
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- Menus: added the possibility to customise them
- Style: unified the style of all components of the dock
- Better integration with Compiz (e.g. when using the Cairo-Dock session) and Cinnamon
- Applications Menu and Logout applets will wait the end of an update before displaying notifications
Application descriptionCairo-Dock is an open source and free software project that has been designed from the ground up to act a a dock for G...