I don’t know why this is, but it seems everyone who has made the switch from Windows to Linux has this fascination with the OS X dock. I too am guilty of this, and have found a very good dock, called Kiba which has the same features as the OS X dock, except it includes a physics engine. What’s a physics engine? Instead of going into details check out the video below:
Eye-candy. Bragging rights. Now in order to run Kiba Dock note that you must have a compositing window manager, like Beryl, active or else the dock will look very ugly with no transparencies or masks. Lets get to the install though (Ubuntu 7.04):
1. Press Alt+F2 and enter the following command:
gksu gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
This is the list of repositories Synaptic can download from.
2. Add the following lines to the end:
This tells Synaptic the above repositories will be added
3. Add the key for the repositories
wget http://download.tuxfamily.org/3v1deb/DD800CD9.gpg -O- | sudo apt-key add -
This line authenticates a repository with a key, so you can ensure it is a trusted source.
4. Open the Synaptic Package Manager, and mark the following packages for installation:
kiba-dock, kiba-dock-dev, kiba-plugins
Kiba-Dock should appear under Applications > Accessories. If you’re anything like me, you will spend 15 minutes of your day bouncing icons off of the edges of your screen.