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Docky ‘Shortcut Bar’ now Stands Alone


Docky an AWN look-alike hits the road all alone. Formerly integrated with GNOME Do, Docky is now an independent application that has maintained many of its goodies like the in-built plug-ins and hopes to bring in more. This application is still at an early alpha level but it’s worth a try as its even very stable for an alpha.

Plug-ins presently available in Docky include battery monitor for notebooks, bookmarks, clock, CPU Monitor, Mounter plug-in, Network Manager, NPR (website), Trash, and Weather. Added to these are new comers Gmail notifier and recent documents.

To install Docky in Ubuntu Karmic add this PPA to your /etc/apt/sources.list file: ppa:docky-core/ppa and install with sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install docky

To personalize your docker run it; Applications -> Accessories -> Docky, then right-click on the “anchor” icon and hit “Settings”. The “Panel Mode” turns Docky into a Gnome panel that spans the width of the screen. Docky can run multiple docks, hit the “New Dock” button in “Docky Configuration” to fire-up another dock. You can dock almost anything you want to with a simple drag ‘n’ drop. Just as you drag-in to dock, drag-out to un-dock shortcuts.

Docky is a free download for Gnome desktops. Source codes are also available.