What’s the Best Dock on the Linux Desktop?

June 26, 2009 by Clair Ching  
Filed under Geeky Fun

We all have different preferences so maybe this title seems to much of a bait. In any case, I’d still like to know what you think is the best dock for you. I personally am using Docker right now.

For me, Docker seems quick to load, light and simple. I like using Docker because it also acts like a system tray for me, especially because I want to see if my Dropbox is getting updated, what apps I am running that have icons on the tray. At the very least I am clued in.

The Berkeley LUG even listed down what they think are the best docks for Linux out there. They listed the following:

  • Avant Window Navigator - This dock has a lot of plugins and it is configurable. I haven’t really been using this because my computer’s graphics card seemed to have issues with this dock.
  • Kiba Dock - This dock seems to keep having reviews about how awesome the graphics is. I’ve never tried it so I think that’s a hint.
  • Cairo Dock was with me for a short while but I was not comfortable with having a dock that has too many things on it. The fancy effects of hovering over the icons got a little too corny for me after a couple of days. But it’s true that it’s nifty in the sense that it has the list of apps I am using and those that I could easily run.
  • Docky - This is Gnome-Do’s optional interface. So imagine Gnome-Do as a search bar and launcher. This would be something interesting to use and I haven’t tried it yet. Could this meet all my search and docking needs? I would suppose. However, I do encounter some problems with Gnome-Do crashing suddenly crashing sometimes.

What’s your take on this topic?

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