Yesterday we saw my desktop on the PC I have with KDE, and today we will see the desk that I have in my netbook, which as you well know is Xfce (my favorite desktop, although some think not) to which I have added a dock that I always liked for its simplicity: Plank.
For those who do not know, Plank is the dock used in the project Elementary, which is written in Vala and therefore, it is quite simple and consumes very few resources (in my case about 15MB).
Despite being so simple, Plank has everything I need from a Dock, that is, I can easily add and remove items and it hides when a window is on it, being able to later access the application just by pasting the cursor to the bottom edge of the screen.
Unfortunately, Plank not available in Debian, but we can install it using the packages available in the PPA de Launchpad. Anyway, what I did was the following:
1.- Create a text file called Down on my Desktop and put this inside:
2.- I opened a terminal on the desktop and put:
$ wget -c -i Down
3.- After downloading all the packages I wrote in the terminal:
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb
4.- It is possible that it gives us dependency errors, so we must execute:
$ sudo apt-get -f install
5.- We install / update the necessary packages and if it is not installed yet Plank we run step 3 again.
Setting up Plank
Now, by default the icons Plank They measure 48px than for the screen of the netbook they are excessive. Since it does not have a configuration tool, we must touch a file by hand:
$ nano ~/.config/plank/dock1/settings
From that file the parameter that interests us is:
Where we can change the value 48 for 32, 24 ... etc. Inside the folder
~/.config/plank/ We can find other configuration files, where we can change, among other things, the style of the dock theme.
To add Items we just have to drag the entries in the menu to Plank and later, organize them to put them where we want.