A dock is a graphical user interface element that allows the user to have one-click access to frequently used applications. This type of utility also enables users to switch quickly between applications, as well as to monitor programs. This type of application is an excellent way of extending the functionality and usefulness of the desktop. In recent times, the popularity of the dock has been enhanced by the Mac OS X operating system.
The concept of the dock dates back many decades. Acorn Computer’s Arthur and NeXT’s NEXTSTEP are early examples of operating systems that implemented the dock concept.
To provide an insight into the quality of software that is available, we have compiled a list of 7 docks that genuinely add to the desktop experience. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for the desktop user.
Linux has a good selection of docks to choose from. Here’s our rating for each of them. They are all open source goodness. We give our highest recommendation to Latte and KSmoothDock.
Now, let’s explore the 7 docks at hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.
|Latte||Based on plasma frameworks offering elegance and beauty|
|KSmoothDock||Desktop panel with parabolic zooming effect for KDE Plasma 5|
|Docky||Elegant, powerful, clean dock|
|Plank||Simple dock with basic functionality|
|Cairo-Dock||Light and eye-candy dock to launch your programs|
|Simdock||Fast and customizable dockbar|
|Avant Window Navigator||Mac OS X like panel for GNOME|
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