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I'm curious to give my system a sleek look to it, i would assume you could customize using widgets just unsure
how to do this does anyone know or is there an even simpler way of doing this?
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Now that's a HUGE subject right there  :o

DO NOT install "plasma" widgets, they're for the3 KDE desktop environment.

Give us a clue what you're after and we'll try to advise.
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Hi iamesperambient, how's it going?  When you say widgets, I am guessing you are referring to Android style phone apps.  The answer to that is no, at least not easily.  Widgets and lightweight distros don't mix well.  You can easily make SSBs with the Ice application though.  I have a few of these on my desktop.  I did make some higher resolution icons because favicons look terrible on the desktop.  You can also customize the lxpanel by adding Panel Applets to it.  First make a backup of the Panel config.  Backups save all the weeping a wailing when it all goes wrong  :D.  Open a terminal window by pressing the combination, Ctrl+Alt+t.  When the terminal opens navigate to where the config file is saved.  Enter the following code into the terminal window. 

Tip: To avoid copy/paste errors, use the Code: [Select] function below to highlight.

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cd ~/.config/lxpanel/Peppermint/panels  
Hit enter and enter the following command into the terminal window:
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cp panels panels.bak
Hit enter again.  You now have a backup of your current Panel config.

Right click on the panel and select Panel Settings.  Have a play around with panel settings and see what you can come up with.  This is my desktop:




With a little practice you can really make Peppermint yours.  I hope this helps or, at least gives you some ideas.  Good luck and have fun  :)!

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thanks of course i def don't want to do anything with out advise from an expert i have i still am brand new to this.
Basically i just want a sleek black design with the bar at the bottom similar to mac OS just something kind of 'sleek' looking and
simple/clean.
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thanks of course i def don't want to do anything with out advise from an expert i have i still am brand new to this.
Basically i just want a sleek black design with the bar at the bottom similar to mac OS just something kind of 'sleek' looking and
simple/clean.

yes this is exactly what i want!!!!!!
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could i make a new user just to play with the settings that way i dont even have to back it up?
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Yeah, that's also a good idea.  Have a separate  user account for practice.  That should work well  ;).
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Can you post the output from:
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inxi -F
so we can seee your system spec

Reason I ask .. cairo-dock will be the MOST like the OS X dockbar, but if you're running on a low end system you might be better off with either docky or even plank which are similar but easier on system resources.

(BTW, I think that's Docky in AndyInMokem's piccy)
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iamesper@justin-Latitude-D630 ~ $ inxi -F
System:    Host: justin-Latitude-D630 Kernel: 3.13.0-32-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Peppermint Five
Machine:   System: Dell (portable) product: Latitude D630
           Mobo: Dell model: 0KU184 Bios: Dell version: A12 date: 06/20/2008
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core2 Duo CPU T7250 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (lm nx pae sse sse2 sse3 ssse3 vmx)
           Clock Speeds: 1: 800.00 MHz 2: 1600.00 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Mobile GM965/GL960 Integrated Graphics Controller (primary)
           X.Org: 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1440x900@60.0hz, 1680x1050@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 965GM x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 2.1 Mesa 10.1.3
Audio:     Card: Intel 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: k3.13.0-32-generic
Network:   Card-1: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5755M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express driver: tg3
           IF: eth0 state: down mac: 00:21:70:a2:b7:fc
           Card-2: Intel PRO/Wireless 3945ABG [Golan] Network Connection driver: iwl3945
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: 00:1f:3c:a1:9f:73
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 580.1GB (48.1% used) 1: id: /dev/sda model: ST980813ASG size: 80.0GB
           2: USB id: /dev/sdb model: MQ01ABD050 size: 500.1GB
Partition: ID: / size: 72G used: 9.9G (15%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.13GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
RAID:      No RAID devices detected - /proc/mdstat and md_mod kernel raid module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 54.5C mobo: N/A
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 162 Uptime: 3:13 Memory: 847.0/2006.4MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 1.9.17
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Yes, that is Docky being used.  It is still  problematic with powering off and hibernate on my machine.  Suspend is totally useless.  Even with the supposed work arounds.  http://forum.pinguyos.com/Thread-How-to-get-docky-to-work-on-14-04-after-suspend-and-laptop-unplug.  I think that this must work on most machines.  Maybe my Fujitsu Siemens is an oddball.  It is just a heads up about Docky  ;).
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so far knock on wood i have not had any issues like that yet.
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Its a known bug.  Having to relaunch it every time I close the lid on my laptop or power off.  After a suspend I have ghost images following the focus.  It is just annoying.  I just hope they manage to fix it because Docky is awesome  8).
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actually right now i have my laptop hooked up to the VGA monitor with a keyboard and mouse plugged in.
I messed with the settings so that it would not sleep or shut off through out the day. than at night or when
i leave the house i just power off. The only problem i have is havign to open the lid on my laptop to turn it back on haha
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Well I reckon your spec should be able to handle Cairo-dock

and most certainly Docky or Plank

which would you like to go with

cairo-dock is the heaviest but does all the stuff the OS X launcher dock does .. like popup folder lists etc.
Docky is next, .. not as configurable as cairo, but lighter
Plank is the gtk version of Docky (so looks the same) .. maybe slightly less configurable than docky, but super light.

Your call
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which would be more user friendly for a beginner like me?
and if i change it would it be hard to switch back if i ended up not liking it?
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