Over the past couple of weeks since Ubuntu 10.04 was released and I, along with all the other users, have been discovering how much like Mac OSX it is becoming. I solely mean the interface, like the buttons moving to the left and all that jazz. Another feature which, while trawling through my long list of programs in Ubuntu, is an awesome little feature in GNOME DO. Encase you haven’t used GNOME Do before or are just curious on how I would describe it, it is; an awesome little application launcher which can also be used to find files. It also supports many different plugins some of which let you; send emails, update your Twitter or Facebook, or last but not least control your media player whether it be Amarok or Rythmbox.
GNOME DO is most commonly referred to as just Do. It was created by David Siegel who was inspired by Quicksilver for Mac OS X and the GNOME launch box. It isn’t restricted to just the GNOME desktop environment, it will also work in KDE which many KDE users will be happy to hear.
Now, to the point, there is a very cool theme for Do which is shipped with it, called Docky. This is what made me think so much of the Mac OS X dock. It even looks very like it, and with a bit of a dress up of the desktop and a custom theme could pass as a Mac. Docky has three hiding modes which is helpful depending on what you are doing or if you like the look of it, these are ; None- Docky is always visible, Intellihide- Docky hides if it overlaps any window in the active window group, but it can still be brought up by with mouse pointer as described above and finally Autohide- Docky is normally hidden, and appears when the mouse pointer reaches Docky’s (unseen) edge at the lower/upper edge of the screen. Compare the screenshots below and tell me if you see the resemblance.
You can install docky by opening Do and searching Preferences then hitting enter. Then go to appearance and it is self explanatory from there.The future for docky looks bright as when Docky 2 is released it will be a standalone application which will be able to integrate with Do.