Latte-Dock

Latte – Excellent KDE Dock based on Plasma Frameworks

Let’s tackle the obvious starting question for 10. What’s a dock? I doubt this will ever be a question on the TV programme University Challenge…

A dock is a graphical user interface element that allows the user to have one-click access to frequently used software. 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

Latte is a dock based on plasma frameworks that aims to offer an elegant and intuitive experience for your tasks and KDE Plasma widgets. It animates its contents by using parabolic zoom effect and tries to be as unobtrusive is possible.

The software is mostly written in Qt/QML and C++, but this project also heavily relies on KDE Frameworks 5.

Installation

When it comes to installation, I infinitely prefer using packages. My (current) distribution is KDE neon. It’s rebased Ubuntu with KDE beautifully configured.

I install most software using the Discover utility. Although Discover is great for installing applications (occasionally only the command-line will do), it’s got so many virtues besides being easy to use and intuitive.

Latte-Installation-Discover

As you can see from the image above, I’ve typed latte into the search box. Hey presto, there’s Latte waiting to be installed. Click the Install button, and installation proceeded without a glitch.

Don’t be put off by the 3 star average rating. The rating system on Discover should never be relied upon.

Next page: Page 2 – In Operation

Pages in this article:
Page 1 – Introduction / Installation
Page 2 – In Operation
Page 3 – Other Features
Page 4 – Summary

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