DockBarX: App Launcer Like Windows 7 Taskbar in Ubuntu Based Distro

DockBarX is an app launcher or switcher that works as a GNOME2 panel applet, Avant Window Navigator applet or as a stand-alone dock. The new DockBarX 0.90.3 has been released come with the stand-alone dock supports applets, included applets, Cardapio menu and also work in MATE Desktop panel applet.

With DockBarX, give every appearance of the Windows 7 taskbar to our favorite ubuntu based distro. The taskbar offered DockBarX is fully functional and a perfect clone of Windows 7 taskbar, copying even thumbnail previews of the screens you have open in the session.

New features of DockBarX 0.90 series:

  • The stand-alone dock supports applets; included applets: Cardapio menu (requires the Cardapio PPA), a clock, appindicator (running appindicators are displayed on DockX), volume control and namebar (can show the window buttons / titlebar on the dock)
  • New themes which now work with both horizontal and vertical dock orientation without any changes
  • Updated appearence tab in DockBarX Preferences
  • The width of window titles in window list can be specified now if no previews are used
  • with bug fixes

DockBarX default features:

  • Pin applications to the taskbar
  • Quick access to recent, related and most used documents with the help of Zeitgeist
  • Unity quicklists, badges and progress bars support
  • Window previews (requires Compiz and the KDE Compatibility plugin enabled in CCSM) – this feature is buggy with recent Compiz versions
  • DockManager support (so you can use Docky helpers in DockBarX)
  • Media buttons support (play/pause, etc.)
  • Highly configurable, both in appearance and functionality (keyboard shortcuts, etc.), includes beautiful themes by default
  • DockX (DockBarX as a stand-alone dock) can be positioned anywhere on the screen, supports panel and dock modes, comes with autohide, dodge active window or all windows, can be resized and more

How to Install New DockBarX in Ubuntu 12.10/12.04 and Linux Mint 13

To install DocBarx on Ubuntu 12.10/12.04 and Linux Mint 13, you need to add  the following Personal Package Archives (PPA):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx

If you are using MATE Desktop, install the DockBarX with following command:

sudo apt-get install dockbarx-mate
killall mate-panel

For Arch Linux users: install DockBarX via AUR
For other Linux distro, download it from Gnome-Look.

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