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Cairo Dock 2.4

Cairo Dock is a highly customizable launcher / task manager for Linux which comes with a huge list of themes and plugins, being able to fully replace / replicate the functionality of an old GNOME 2 panel.

It includes plugins / applets such as: keyboard indicator, weather, Messaging Menu, system monitor, stacks, notification area, a recent events plugin that makes use of Zeitgeist, clipboard manager, note taking applet, screen luminosity, terminal and many more.

A new Cairo Dock version - 2.4.0 - has been released today, bringing a custom Cairo Dock session for Ubuntu Oneiric so you can select Cairo Dock from the GDM, LightDM, etc. login screen, better XFCE integration, support for Unity quicklists, better window manager integration (for example, Cairo Dock uses the Scale effect in Compiz or KWin) as well as a new view for the desklet-rendering: Panel.

Cairo Dock session lightdm

Cairo Dock 2.4.0

Other changes in Cairo Dock 2.4.0 include:
  • a re-write of the power manager applet
  • fixed Ubuntu Messaging Menu for Ubuntu Oneiric and Natty
  • better Gnome 3 tools support
  • MPRIS2 support for the MusicPlayer applet
  • updated default theme
  • new applets like Gmail, etc. - see http://glx-dock.org/mc_album.php?a=7

The official Cairo Dock 2.4.0 presentation video:

Install Cairo Dock in Ubuntu

Cairo Dock 2.4.0 is available in its official PPA, for Ubuntu 11.10, 11.04, 10.10 and 10.04 - add the PPA and install Cairo Dock using the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

If you are not using Ubuntu, download Cairo Dock 2.4.0 via Launchpad.