Use a KDE panel as your perfect dock

Some time ago I showed some screenshots of my desktop, I used Cairo Dock as an application launcher dock.

However ... you don't need a dock as such to launch applications, control our music player, and more 😀

Take a look at the following screenshot, look specifically at my top panel (or dock, however you want to see it haha):

As you can see, through another panel that I added and with the correct applets, I have an application launcher, I control my music player (C), I have the status of my CPU, RAM and Network consumption, as well as a quick shutdown / restart button 😀

Achieving this is extremely simple, we must first add a new empty panel, for this we right click on the desktop, Add Panel, Empty panel :

Once the panel is created, it will be enough to start adding things that we need 🙂

For example, to put the panel as I have it, they must add the following:

  • CPU monitor.
  • Memory status.
  • Network monitor.
  • Quick release.
  • Now it rings.
  • Block / Terminate.

They should also add spacers (spaces) if they want each element of the panel to be separated, but this is already their own taste 🙂

This panel is configured to be hidden automatically, by doing this it will not always be visible, but it will be activated or made visible when you put the cursor / mouse pointer up, pasting it to the top edge of the screen:

Anyway, it's simple ... functional ... perfect 🙂

What do you think? ... What dock do you use y? Would you change it for this panel if you use KDE?

Oh, by the way, in other environments the same can be achieved, that is, this «idea / concept» of using a panel as a dock is not unique to KDEif you use Gnome, Xfce and others you can do it too 😉

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  1.   Gregory Swords said

    Have you tried wbar? It is simple, ultra minimalist and consumes almost no resources.

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Yup I have tried it, like AWN, Cairo-Dock, Docky, KDock, and others haha ​​😀
      In Wbar can I put CPU, RAM and all monitors? I used it several years ago, but I don't remember that it could 0_oU

  2.   Mauritius said

    In XFCE by default there is a panel with applications to launch, I give it transparency, I make it hide automatically, I move it to the left of the screen (I was the custom from Unity: P) and I put the launchers and applets that I need and I already have my dock. Nor is it that it has great visual effects, but in that sense I prefer subtle transparencies (which brings them) and pure minimalism.

  3.   Courage said

    What do you think?

    That you have to be a little original

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      What the hell does originality have to do with here ¬_¬ ...
      Let's see, explain why according to you, I'm not original here gggrrr

      1.    Courage said

        Because the dock is Mac O $ X

        1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

          Who knows who invented the idea of ​​'a place where 'shortcuts' are put to the things we use most frequently and need to access in a simple way»¬_¬… there is a limit to being an extremist damn… don't inflate troll…

          1.    Courage said

            a place where 'shortcuts' are put to the things we use most frequently and need to access in a simple way

            There is something called shortcuts, also KDE on the desktop has a permanent window that is a folder, and if I remember correctly it has the applications.

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              I don't want to have to minimize my applications to see 'something' by which it allows me to open new applications using 'shortcuts'. It's too cumbersome, I want to open new applications, see consumption sensors, etc., all without minimizing my open applications, and without having to give more than 2 clicks. Do you know any other way? ...


          2.    Courage said

            Yes, fuck you, for example, which is not so bad, or open the K menu, which does not force you to minimize anything

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              Opening the K menu does not allow me to have quick access to sensors, plus it would represent 2 clicks to open an application, while with the top panel it is only 1.


          3.    Courage said

            Yes, let's see if you're going to herniate ¬¬ Send eggs

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              It's about feeling as comfortable, as comfortable as possible. If I used Windows I would have no choice but to screw me, but it is not the case, as I use Linux I can and I am in my TOTAL right to modify what I want, in order to feel better with my system (respecting licenses and that Clear).

              When Apple patent the docks, saying that they invented the concept, that no one else can use anything similar to a dock ... we'll see what I do there ¬_¬

              And yes, you are more troll than ever these days, I think so much using the OS in the window has affected you LOL !!


          4.    Courage said

            Yes, but one more click does not affect comfort, if I already told you, fear of herniation, and of course I charge you more expensive care

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              That according to YOUR point of view, to my way of seeing it is not like that, one more click annoys me 😐


          5.    Courage said

            Do I prepare the infusion systems yet? For being you I let you choose.

            Palomilla or Abbocath?

            Go a guy more dog than rin tin tin

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              Go a guy more dog than rin tin tin

              I'll pretend I didn't read that, because in less than 1m² I'd say a few things that won't do anything funny > :(


        2.    isar said

          Courage, you only use the console right? Because it seems to me that windows "are not native" to GNU / Linux

          1.    Courage said

            One thing is inspiration and quite another is copying

          2.    isar said

            It is the same, if for you a dock, because it is a dock is Mac OS itself, a window, because it is a window is typical of the operating system that will use it first. And this is just one example, because there are a thousand more.

            The dock is somewhat useful and at least it makes it easier for me to launch the applications I use the most if I have my hand on the mouse (if I am with 2 on the keyboard, it is clear that I use krunner). What do I have kickoff? Yes, I know, but with the dock it saves me a click and what is more important, having to look for the program in the list.

            What is unoriginal? Like absolutely everything that surrounds us, if there would not be a single phone model (the fact of creating a device that allows communication as they do is already a copy). Come on, if you were consistent, not even going to a cave would help you because our ancestors "already invented it".

            1.    elav <° Linux said

              Come on, if you were consistent, not even going to a cave would help you because our ancestors “already invented it”.

              Hahahaha +100


            2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              with the dock I save a click and what is more important, having to look for the program in the list

              PRECISELY!!! That's what I mean with comfort, ease, save time, clicks ...


          3.    Courage said

            As I see that you do not find out about anything, I have taken the liberty of searching in Google for original KDE desktops and another one from KZKG ^ Gaara, that even if it is Gnome it is the same:

            The originals:

            http://img264.imageshack.us/img264/6754/snapshot2h.jpg

            http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2766/4398175324_37b0e9625f_o.jpg

            They are tuned and do not copy anything, plus they look good

            Now for KZKG ^ Gaara:

            http://kzkggaara.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/kzkggaara-desktop_29-01-2011.jpg

            We find ourselves with a desktop overloaded with things: Dock (Mac), Conky, Events, To do, monitors etc. It goes without saying that the background is quite dirty, or as I say, vicious reggaeton.

            There is no originality with that of the dock apart from being overloaded.

            I think most will like the first two.

          4.    isar said

            Don't they copy anything? They use conky to display system information. By that rule of 3, what you should consider unoriginal is not the use of the dock, but its decoration or the information it provides. That the KZKG ^ Gaara desktop dock looks like the Mac OS dock? Yes, but not the one in the article and you have criticized it the same (indeed, it seems to me that the Mac OS does not allow to put CPU consumption or the like.

            PS: I agree that KZKG ^ Gaara's desktop is overloaded, at least for my liking, but it's not because of the dock. Blame it on the conky that makes the screen appear narrower (not that it is). Besides that so much information in so little space "stuns me."

            PD2: Another question, Courage, how do you distinguish between a dock and a panel full of application icons?

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              On the part of my desktop ... hehe yes, I admit that it was somewhat loaded, now I see my desktop today and I find it uff, super clean 😀

              My screen is small… maximum resolution of 1024 × 768, my laptop's display is less than 15 inches (13 or 14, I can't remember) 🙁… but it's still an excellent laptop hahahahaha.

              Now, won't you deny that the color range of everything there was to match? 🙂


          5.    isar said

            I do not deny that, no xD

          6.    Courage said

            How do you distinguish between a dock and a panel full of application icons?

            In aesthetics, the truth is that I do not like to put icons, as much the Conky and that's it

            Don't they copy anything? They use conky to display system information.

            Sure, because another guy put Conky before them, right? Come on ...

          7.    isar said

            The same is with the dock, am I not original because as you said MacOS put it before me not?

          8.    Courage said

            It is not that they put it before, it is that they invented it

          9.    Ares said

            Now for KZKG ^ Gaara:

            http://kzkggaara.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/kzkggaara-desktop_29-01-2011.jpg

            It is unacceptable that Gaara does not pass that Wallpaper.

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              LOL!!!! come on, here I leave them: https://blog.desdelinux.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/02/Elisha-Cuthbert-kzkggaara-wallpaper.jpg

              PS: Courage, you can save the insults, criticism, or whatever haha


          10.    Courage said

            Courage, you can save yourself the insults, criticism, or whatever

            As you want vicious reggaeton

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              Above, one more and you already have 1000 comments 😀


        3.    elav <° Linux said

          Courage answer me something:
          Why do you use a PC, if that was created by "someone else"? Why do you wear clothes if someone else made that up? Why do you listen to the same music that other people listen to? Why do you use Archlinux or Windows if so many more people do? Anyway ... I would have many questions to ask you, but they all lead me to the same answer: YOU ARE NOT ORIGINAL, either.

          1.    Courage said

            Why do you use a PC, if that was created by "someone else"?

            Jam

            Why do you wear clothes if someone else made that up?

            Jam

            Why do you listen to the same music that other people listen to?

            Chorra and my solos are not the same as those of the others

            Why do you use Archlinux or Windows if so many more people do?

            Jam.

            Let's see how I explain everything ... I'm not saying that Sandy has to invent another desktop or anything like that, I'm just saying that you don't have to put components on it that are a copy of another system.

            1.    elav <° Linux said

              What a childish response .. Didn't you just understand that we don't all have the trauma that you have with OS X, Ubuntu and Shuttleworth? What difference does it make if the rest of us mortals like the Dock, the buttons on the left, the Ubuntu theme or even as you say, Reggaeton? If you don't like any of that, then don't use it, don't listen to it and that's it. Don't go through life wanting others to adjust to your tastes and preferences.


            2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              But who the hell told you that I thought of Mac, Windows or another OS by putting the panel up with the icons and other amenities ???


          2.    isar said

            Courage, don't use windows, they are a component of another OS !!! 😛

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              And stop being called «Courage», which is not original either 😀


          3.    Courage said

            Fuck the twisted one you have.

            I have nothing against using the dock, and it is not trauma with any OS or anything, I would still be screwed if someone made a copy of Arch and gave it another name.

            You have to be a bit original, and being original does not necessarily mean that you have to create something non-existent

            even as you say, reggaeton

            Special case because that's not music, it's shit

            1.    elav <° Linux said

              I would still be screwed if someone made a carbon copy of Arch and gave it another name.

              I think it's called ArchBang, Chakra .. etc ..

              even as you say, reggaeton

              Special case because that's not music, it's shit

              But that's from our point of view, maybe for someone else it's the best music in the world and we have to respect that. What I mean dear troll, is that from time to time you should before expressing your frustration in a comment, think that there are people who may be offended by it. Ok, I know this is your personal opinion, but I suggest that when you put it, instead of saying: "Mac is shit", you should say: "For me (criterion, opinion), Mac is shit" ..


            2.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              Instead of saying: "Mac sucks", you should say: "For me (criteria, opinion), Mac sucks" ..

              Without a doubt, excellent advice.
              Whether it was jokes, seriously ... remember that those who read to you if they feel offended, will not think «Courage de <° Linux is a heavy" … if not "in <° Linux they are heavy»😉

              If we give you advice it is because we appreciate you, do not hesitate 😀


          4.    Courage said

            Completely according to ArchBang, it shouldn't be a separate distro, it's just Arch + Openbox.

            Chakra is another story because they want to be an independent project and many things are changed

          5.    Courage said

            But who the hell told you that I thought of Mac, Windows or another OS by putting the panel up with the icons and other amenities ???

            And who says that I said that you thought of Mac to put the panel?

          6.    Courage said

            And stop being called "Courage", which is not original either 😀

            I know, but I'm not going to put my real name all over the place.

            Those who do not care if they know know it, right?

          7.    Courage said

            If we give you advice it is because we appreciate you, do not hesitate

            But I don't appreciate you, it is very difficult for me to appreciate someone, that's why I only have it for two people (avoid mental straw because one of those people is the one you are going to think)

          8.    pandev92 said

            @elav <° Linux

            In life if you care to please everyone you can end up dead, if someone is offended by a comment like * mac sucks *, let me tell you that it is a looser but very looser, unless it is an apple worker you should not worry of that, the same happens with some microsoft or ubuntu.

  4.   Hache said

    Cool. I use Cairo-dock in Openbox, although I need it less and less and it is more of an aesthetic issue.
    A Courage no case, he's very troll lately xD
    Each one is original in its own way and I like your desk. A hug.

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      Thanks for that last thing haha, it's strange that someone likes my desktop ... the last time I put a screenshot of him they wanted to kill me LOL !!!

      1.    Courage said

        Logical

        1.    Ozzar said

          This desk is much better. I like it too.

          So Gaara, that time we didn't want to kill you, what happened was that our eyes couldn't bear so many flourishes together… 😉

          Greetings.

          1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

            HAHAHA!!!!! yes yes I said, they wanted to kill me LOL !!!
            Even so, now there is data that I miss having at a glance, for example the CPU and HDD temperatures, total amount of GBs of upload / download through the network, etc 🙁

          2.    Ozzar said

            Gaara, don't you miss the blonde girl behind those clouds too? She also taught valuable information ...

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              HAHAHAJAJAJAJA !!!!!! 😀
              What does it look good like? … LOL!!
              Have you seen the posts I made a while ago on Artescritorio?


          3.    Ozzar said

            Hahaha ... some time ago I saw a post of yours from a pretty pretty actress that I don't remember her name, but the blonde thing gave you away Courage with the link above.

            Anyway, good data, for those tasks you will have to go more often through artescritorio ...

  5.   Ozzar said

    The one that has been bundled up by a simple dock ... xDD

    1.    Courage said

      It's Isar, Sandy and Elva's fault

      1.    Ozzar said

        And because of your anti-copy philosophy ... which is quite similar adjusted to Copyright, right? xD

        1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

          This one at the end with its almost-Copyright and using Windows, you will see that it ends up being a Microsoft spy HAHA

          1.    pandev92 said

            The spy is me LOL.

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              "The" ... O_O ... not supposed to be "The" ... WTF !!!


          2.    Courage said

            They are going to give me the computer

            1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

              Get to make some money ... something useful you must know how to do to produce income right? 😀


          3.    Ares said

            Another WTF around here. I also believed all this time that pandev was "the".

      2.    isar said

        That, our fault, you at no time have answered no? Well, look at the first comment on the topic, it seems that it was yours

        That you have to be a little original

        1.    Courage said

          But that does not mean that you have to screw the one that has been involved. From there, Sandy began to play dumb when he knew exactly what I was referring to and then the others signed up.

  6.   Maxwell said

    Very nice, I would use it but icewm has a dock left over, I have my applications linked to keyboard combinations. It is easier.

    Greetings.

  7.   vicky said

    There is also Fancy Tasks, although it is not so complete and is somewhat unstable, the truth is that I use a single launcher, the extra panel made plasma consume much more.

  8.   vicky said

    ahh I forgot, here there is also a collection with different configurations for the kde panel http://kde-apps.org/content/show.php/Plasma+Panels+Collection+?content=147589 gnome2 gnome3 kde3 etc

    1.    KZKG ^ Gaara said

      wow interesting, I didn't know him ... I'll keep an eye on him 😀

  9.   teniazo said

    I also did that, almost accidentally it came out, I use Lubuntu.

  10.   Omar said

    Well, I would prefer the kde panel, but no matter how hard I have tried, it fails, the windows pass under the panel, or if I configure it to hide automatically after a few minutes it does what it wants and remains always visible and is annoying . As long as they don't fix that bug, I think I'll have to find a dock. If anyone has a solution I would appreciate it, I already tried deleting the .kde4 folder, I have installed it from scratch and it always does the same, both in opensuse 12.3 and 13.1 which is what I use. Cheers!

  11.   Robert Rubio Romero said

    It really seems great to me for those of us who are not looking for a very drastic customization, very minimalist as someone mentioned before and it really does not consume almost any resources because it is another element of the system. I am currently using FEDORA 24 and I find it very useful in this way, I am honest, I have never liked two bars on my monitor and I delude myself thinking it is a DOCK. It is very useful to me.
    Thank you for sharing the idea.