Linux Training Week: Customisation

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One of the great things about any Linux distribution is the ability to customise the look and feel of it to your taste. Throughout the past week, I’ve discussed software availability, compatibility and ease of use, but I haven’t gone as far as modifying the way I use it.

Coming from using a MacBook Pro and its OS X operating system, I was eager to see what docks were available, as I’m accustomed to using a dock on Mac OS X. As well as modifying for added functionality, I also wanted to add a little eye candy with the help of Compiz.

Dock

Although there are a few choices when it comes to docks for Ubuntu, I opted for the Cairo Dock. Installation was very straight forward, thanks to perfect instructions found over at pendrivelinux.com. In 5 short steps and a matter of seconds, I had a great dock running at the bottom of my screen in place of the default panel found at the bottom of the screen after installation. This can be further customised with different themes and additions to the dock so that you can make it work how you want. If you’re coming from Windows, this may be more unfamiliar to you, but it’s definitely worth checking out.

3D Effects