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Docky on Debian. Pre-review and installation

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Note: I wrote this post when docky was unavailable on Debian’s official repositories, which is not the case anymore. However, I still use docky from launchpad’s repository as it has more features and is incredibly stable despite being a reflection of work in progress. If you want the latest, keep on reading.

I really like docks, and I’ve tried most of the decent ones so far. However, stability has always been a problem, whether the composite failed, whether the dock itself.

Over the last months I’ve been using gnome-do’s docky, yet I have no need for ALL the features gnome-do offers. Anyway, as it was far more reliable than AWN, and since Cairo-Dock was unstable (till 2.1) I kept on using it.

What was my surprise when I found out that the gnome-do’s dev team is pulling out a separate docky.

Docky is outgrowing GNOME Do for many reasons. Internally GNOME Do was starting to look like two programs loosely coupled by a common base of items. The hacks to make Docky work internally were getting worse and worse and things were just not maintainable in the long run. The decision to split off was not easy as we knew we would lose *some* functionality. Gnome Do integration will never be as tight as it was before, but it will return. However this is not targeted for the first release.


The looks are similar to gnome-do’s docky skin, yet the configuration is now entirely different, more dock-centric, and adds some basic plugins. Despite being a beta release, it has only crashed once on my system (less than gnome-do’s docky skin). Basic but fully functional in my system, and mono doesn’t go crazy on cpu usage at times (as it did with gnome-do’s docky).

Docky Configuration

If you want to install it on Debian, all you have to do is add the Docky-Core Development PPA to your sources.list.

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/docky-core/ppa/ubuntu karmic main

and run

aptitude (or apt-get) update && aptitude install docky

Don’t worry about the “karmic” part. Docky doesn’t pull in any dependencies (if you have gnome-do. When I uninstalled it, it didn’t delete any mono dependencies). I am running it on Debian Squeeze and it works just fine. You should check the repo oftenly, as updates are coming in.

So far it is pretty limited, don’t forget this is work in progress, (that’s why the “Pre-review”) but if you use docks just for launching and selecting windows, Docky is just fine.

[Edit: As for today, it works as a stable app in my machine :)]


Written by elric80

October 28, 2009 at 10:52 pm

Posted in debian, linux

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3 Responses

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  1. Thanks for the kind words!

    Jason Smith

    October 28, 2009 at 8:59 pm

    • Thanks for the first comment in my blog. Great to see a dev reading my stuff. Keep up the great work!


      October 28, 2009 at 10:00 pm

  2. Good Tks


    February 20, 2010 at 12:03 pm

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