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Cairo Dock is evolving to something more than just a dock. After getting its own custom GNOME session a while back, the latest alpha got a feature that I for one didn't expect to see in a dock: global menu (Application menu).

The Cairo Dock global menu applet works with a patched GTK+ (already available in Ubuntu) and is available in the Cairo Dock Weekly PPA. All the applications that support a global menu in Unity should work with the new Cairo Dock Application Menu applet too.

Cairo Dock now has most of the Unity features (and more), except everything is customizable so if you like flashy docks, you should really give it a try.

To test the latest Cairo Dock 3.0 alpha in Ubuntu, you can use the commands below:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/weekly
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

Then add the new applet, called Application Menu (there's another applet called "Applications Menu" - that's a regular menu, so don't confuse them).

Report any bugs you may find @ Launchpad.

image / news via Cairo Dock @ Google+