Install Cairo-Dock,AWN and Docky in Ubuntu10.10 Maverick Meerkat

Cairo-Dock, Docky and AWN are popular launchbars for linux, if you just installed Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat you may want to try one them.

  • Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows).  It is compatible with Compiz, but it can also run without a composite manager . Cairo-Dock can run under GNOME, KDE and XFCE.

Open the terminal and copy and past the command bellow :

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa

Refresh the repositories:

sudo apt-get update  

Now install cairo-dock :

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins


  • Docky : Some of Docky’s amazing features include themes, plugins, 4 different hiding modes, advanced indicators, zeitgeist integration, and window management.Docky is an advanced shortcut bar that sits at the bottom, top, and/or sides of your screen. It provides easy access to some of the files, folders, and applications on your computer, displays which applications are currently running, holds windows in their minimized state, and more.

Installation of Docky

First add repository

sudo  add-apt-repository ppa:docky-core/ppa

Now update source and install docky

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install docky


Avant Window Navigator  (AWN/Awn) is a dock-like navigation bar for the linux desktop that positions itself at the bottom of the screen. It can be used to keep track of open windows and behaves like a normal window list.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:awn-core/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator awn-manager


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  • rMatey180

    I’ve tried all three, and Cairo just works better for me, and looks better, too.

  • pouic

    it has become so easy to use, and yet has so many features !

  • Luis

    I just followed the instructions and every thing works perfect. Just new in Ubuntu since thursday and enjoying a lot it. Good bye MS Windows and family! :roll:

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