Cairo dock is an advanced applications launcher, it supports OpenGL and it works without OpenGL for graphic cards doesn’t support OpenGL. Cairo Dock allows you add multiple docks and applets, so, it could replace the default panels for your current desktop environment. Also it’s fully customizable with different themes and icons for each dock. Cairo Dock developers announced the last stable release version 3.0.0 with several new features, enhancements and bug fixes. Check installation instructions and what’s new down below.
Logout applet now allows you to switch between users, logout, shutdown, restart, shutdown countdown timer, and ability to lock the screen.
Assign keyboard shortcuts for some of currently active third-party applets. This will help you to easily many of Cairo Dock functions.
Cairo Dock now using GTK3 for better integration with Gnome desktop.
Integrated the default sound menu from Ubuntu.
A new Twitter Applet shows the recent new tweets from people you follow, your tweets, and private messages. Also by click on it will open a small windows to quickly type your tweet. “Twitter applet doesn’t come out of the box, you will have to download it and install it using the installation instructions down below”.
The new preloaded applets from the “Add-Ons” tabs. Also you can add more Applets from Third-party page.
The full list of announced changes:
The *taskbar* has been greatly enhanced.
The *Log out* applet has been rewritten, now allowing you to switch users.
The *control of the dock from the keyboard* is now very powerful:
many shortkeys have been added in several applets.
you can activate a launcher by pressing a shortkey + its number.
all shortkeys can now be managed in a single place in the configuration window.
The *Sound Menu* from Ubuntu has been integrated into the Sound-Control applet.
A new *Twitter applet* lets you tweet in one click.
A new applet to *inhibit the screensaver* in one click.
Separators are transparent to click in *’Panel’* mode.
Cairo-Dock now uses *GTK3*, for a better integration in a Gnome desktop.
Few additions to the DBus API.
Text drawing (e.g. with Clock) has been improved.
Icons from user icons theme are now loaded with the right size.
The new default theme with a panel is now included in the core package.
It’s possible to donate to support the project!
[How To]: Install Cairo Dock 3.0.0 on Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin Using PPA
[note]PPA works on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Precise Pangolin, Ubuntu 11.10 Oneiric Ocelot, Ubuntu 11.04 Natty Narwhal, Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat and Ubuntu 10.04 Lucid Lynx. Also works on Ubuntu derivatives and it should work fine on any linux distribution based on Ubuntu “Linux Mint”[/note]