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Bodhi Linux Dock

This dock works on other Linux distributions, but requires some extra touch on Bodhi, so if you interested in it, follow steps bellow, to get it.

Let’s begin for achieving the very same dock as in YouTube video, of course you can do some think different, but might not achieve same effect:
PS: do not forget to click Apply before switching tab or closing window, because settings will not by saved then.

1. Run Synaptic and click Refresh (if haven’t done it yet) then type in search bar cairo-dock. Find package which is called that and mark it for installation and click Apply.  This tutorial is written for 2.1.3 version, there is already newer version, but this on is latest stable.

2. Do not close Synaptic yet, search for icon package faenza install it too. You can download it also easily from internet like a .deb file.

3. Run from Main menu->Accessories->GLX-Dock with OpenGL.
4. A dock will appear with black text above it, click that text to make it disappear.
5.  Right click dock select Cairo-Dock -> Configure.
6. Go to Add-ons tab and disable (uncheck) all of them. Most of them do not work on Bodhi, and we use this dock only for launching application, of-course you can play with  ad-dons and see one’s that works, there are some  ad-dons that provides extra effect in it, but for me it will have enough when we finish this.
7. Go to Appearance tab. Click choose an icon theme  and select from the list Faenza (this is nice, because you can have one icon theme for dock, and completely different for your Linux desktop). Click Apply
8. In same tab select Default view for main dock  you can select any, I have selected Curve, it is a bit round, and icons go a bit higher when they get near center of dock. Click Apply.

9. Now go back to first tab called Behavior. I have chosen Behavior of Taskbar  GNOME. You can select this as you like. Click Apply
10. Click Jump to next to Configure Icons animation. In first tab Global from top to bottom, select these option ONLY (one for each separation, if you want to get same effect like in YouTube):
Rotate -> 2
Bounce -> 2
Wave -> 2
Wave -> 2
Click Apply.
Click Rotation tab and mark “Repeat while icon is pointed to?” Also see if Type of Mesh is cube, if not select it. Click Apply and Close.

11.  Click Jump to next to”Configure icons’ special effect (requires OpenGL)”. Remove current marks and check like this:
Effects used -> Storm
Effects used on launcher: – none
Effects used on applications: – none
Effects used on applets: – none
Mark both last rectangles
Click Apply.

12. Click Storm tab in top side of window. Here you can change color of storm animation, I liked default so left it, but increased number of particles from 100 to 200 and particle size from 10 to 12. These settings will make effect a bit more visible. Click “Apply” and close.
13. (optional for other distros) Now you should already see something similar, too bad that cairo taskbar for me does not worked on Bodhi, in order to remove it click “Advanced mode“. Click on icon next to word Taskbar, it should by on top. And remove mark from first selection.

14. Dock is ready, but it has only default application (to remove current ones click and drag icon to desktop), in order to add new ones. Right click dock select Add -> Add a custom launcher. In there fill in requires information:

You need to enter:
Launcher name: this can by anything you want, it will by shown when you hover over icon. You can even do not write here anything, then there will by no text when hovered.
Command to run on click:  command used to launcher application, if you do not know it you can go to /usr/share/applications and open any wanted application with text editor, simply right click icon and you should see a suggestion to open with leafpad (for bodhi). A text file with sometimes a lot of text will appear, locate word Exec= ***   word which is in *** place should go this place.
Image’s name or path:  in most cases this will be same as previous, but you can check same as before, but look for word Icon= ***.

That is all 🙂

2 thoughts on “Bodhi Linux Dock

  1. The problems I’ve had with non-E17 docks are that they can’t jump to a running program on another virtual desktop. E17’s virtual desktops and GNOME’s (libwnck) aren’t really compatible. Is this dock compatible?

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