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thanks sure i will give it a try it looks good. how do i remove docky and not have it autostart? just sudo-apt get remove docky?
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ok yep sudo apt-get remove docky got rid of it. how do i get plank sudo apt-get install plank?
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To remove docky . close docky, then run:
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sudo apt remove docky

Installing plank requires the addition of a PPA, so run these commands in sequence:
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sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ricotz/docky
and hit enter when prompted .. then
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sudo apt update
then
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sudo apt install plank

To set plank to autostart run:
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cp -v /usr/share/applications/plank.desktop ~/.config/autostart/plank.desktop
« Last Edit: July 23, 2014, 07:57:07 pm by PCNetSpec »
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got it a lot more simple than docky but no bigs really like docky has i wish it was more able to  customize as far as size goes but it works for me.
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Well ya takes your pick, or ya tries cairo

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yeah maybe ill try that another time next time your own if you can help me try to install cairo ill see which one i like the best so far this is fine i just wished i could remove the back outline around it but not a huge deal.
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HI  iamesperambient

I would go for Cairo Dock (although some night disagree) but so long as your system has the power I find it the easiest to use and by far the most configurable, it also has all the eye candy you're looking for,

 I know Mark (our resident guru) considers it a resource hog but to be honest I've never found that and I don't have a particularly powerful PC

Anyway the choice is yours no harm giving Cairo Dock a try and if you don't like it for any reason you can always remove it and never listen to me again :)

as far as widgets are concerned there's an application called Screenlets which I suppose are a kind of widget you'll find it in the repos which allow you to add small applications to your desktop like a clock or weather app etc but to be honest I didn't find any of them worked very well

Anyway Good luck



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yeah maybe ill try that another time next time your own if you can help me try to install cairo ill see which one i like the best so far this is fine i just wished i could remove the back outline around it but not a huge deal.

Black outline ? .. have you disabled the compositor (desktop efffects) in the Peppermint Control Centre .. or is this not Peppermint 5 ?

Pretty much all dock bars require a compositor for transparency
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I haven't disabled anythign (at least not on purpose) i just put in the codes you gave me.  but now it has a black outline and when i try to go to settings it won't allow me to
change anything.
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and yes im using peppermint 5
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i removed docky and installed ciaro dock but that also does not load when i reboot.  I think out of all of them i like docky the best.
now sure how to get docky back to the original state it was in now.
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Autostarting at bootup should be easily fixable .. for both cairo-dock and docky.

It's whether they come back after resume from suspend that's the problem (at least for docky, not sure about cairo-dock).
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I haven't disabled anythign (at least not on purpose) i just put in the codes you gave me.  but now it has a black outline and when i try to go to settings it won't allow me to
change anything.

What settings ?

Plank doesn't have a settings GUI  :-\
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The problem with Docky is being caused by another version (3.0) being in the plank PPA .. so we need to remove that PPA

Run:
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sudo apt-get purge docky
the
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sudo apt autoremove
then
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sudo apt install ppa-purge
then
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sudo ppa-purge ppa:ricotz/docky
then when that's done
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sudo apt update
then
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sudo apt install docky
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i installed ciaro dock it seems to be working with out any bugs and i figured out how to customize it :D
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