How to install Cairo Dock in Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick)

About Cairo Dock

It uses Cairo / OpenGL to render graphics (many in correlation with Compiz) with full hardware acceleration. It's fully configurable and fully customisable and can be used as a taskbar too. You can easily add applets in the dock or as a desklet. It is recommended to install the PLUG-INS package (cairo-dock-plug-ins) to have acces to more views, dialogs and many plug-ins and applets. Some screenshots are available : This package is the core of Cairo-Dock project.

Open a terminal window and add the following line and copy paste the following line.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:cairo-dock-team/ppa

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install cairo-dock

That’s it Cairo dock is installed. You can start it by going to Applications > Accessories > GLX-Dock (Cairo-Dock withOpenGPL).

But Cairo is not installed to run at startup. You can do so, by going to System > Preferences > Startup Applications. And adding the following.

After opening Startup Applications Preferences window just press Add button

now you will see a new box called Add Startup Program

In that you will see Name in that you have to type “GLX-Dock(Cairo-Dock with OpenGL”

In Command you have to type “ cairo-dock -o”

and in Comment you have to type “Cairo-Dock with OpenGl (hardware)”

and enjoy now

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4 Responses

  1. Prostil says:


    I dont know if this is the right place to ask this question but here it goes,

    I have Ubuntu 10.10 installed on my machine.

    It comes with Evolution 2.30.03.

    I have also installed evolution-mapi from the repository with the following command
    sudo apt-get install evolution-mapi

    Now I can send receive mails I also get the address book but Calendar does not work for me. When I get a meeting invite email and I click to open, Evolution crashes. No matter how many ever times I try, the end result is the same.

    Our Exchange Server is 2010. Recently upgraded from 2007. When on 2007 everything worked just fine no issues.

    Is there a solution for this.

    An accidental discovery, I can open the meeting invite email from a browser and accept the meeting, after I do so it gets synced with Evolution.

    Any help will be much appreciated.

    With Regards,

  2. Suren says:

    I have installed Cairo and it was working fine until recently. I could not configure Cairo now as I could not see the option to configure (Cairo-dock>configure). I am not sure what caused this problem. Could you pls suggest solution for this.


  3. Prostil says:

    Right as of now there is no stable release for Ubuntu 10.10 (aka maverick) Check this link out for more information
    Hope this helps.

  4. fal says:

    why cairo-dock won’t launch konsole and go to shell scripts (like python or sh)?
    but from Kmenu we can launch itu with code:
    sh -c “cd /home/project/school/ && ./ –help;sudo -s”

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