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Kustodian is a new KDE dock bar (menu) which is kind of a combination between Mac OSX dock and Windows 7 taskbar and is intended as a replacement for the taskbar found in
KDE 3.

The idea is that when you click one of the icons it launches a new application. The number next to the icon shows how many instances are already open, and when you hover such an icon a dropdown/popup immediately appears with thumbnails of the windows. When you click one of those thumbnails you bring the window to front/minimize/restore just like you are used to. Some icons/applications on the Kustodian are marked as favorites and appear even when there is no number next to it. If you launch and application that is not already there it will appear and you should be able to mark it as favorite.

Kustodian can only be downloaded from the SVN for now, so if you wish to install it in KDE 4.3, open a terminal and run the following command:

svn co svn://anonsvn.kde.org/home/kde/trunk/playground/base/plasma/applets/kustodian

Then, to compile it:
cd kustodian
mkdir build
cd build
cmake ..
sudo make install
[Source: KDE Developers]