Thursday, March 30, 2017

Using docky on Lubuntu

Docky is an application docking that can make your desktop looks little bit like mac os which have a dock app at the bottom of the screen. In this article i'm going to show you how to install and use docky on lubuntu.

Docky works pretty much the same like dock on mac os, it will show the currently open application so you can have quick access to it, and with docky you can also add widgets (called docklets) and pin an apps to create a shortcut.

Docky is also themeable, meaning docky support for themes on the interface, you can change themes and add new themes for docky, there are plenty docky themes you can download from the internet.

How to install docky on lubuntu
Docky is available as part of lubuntu/ubuntu repository, so you can install it like this:
sudo apt-get install docky
Once installed, you can open docky from the lubuntu start menu > Accessories > Docky.

By default docky will shows up at the bottom of your screen, and since the default position of lubuntu panel is also at the bottom, you will end up with pretty messy desktop, like this:

There are two solution to this problem, either move docky to the top of the screen and lubuntu panel stays at the bottom or move the lubuntu panel to the top and docky stays at the bottom. For me i like the second choice.

How to move lubuntu panel to the top
Do a right click mouse on lubuntu panel and then select 'Panel Settings', at the 'Position' section choose 'Top'. (as i explain on the previous article)

Now my lubuntu desktop look like this:

How to uninstall docky
If you think docky is useless and you don't like it, you can uninstall docky with these commands:
sudo apt-get purge docky
sudo apt-get autoremove

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