Cairo-Dock 2.2.0-4 (stable release) replaces Wbar launcher in LXDE, KDE and Xfce only. Needs a compositing Window Manager, e.g., LXDE with Compiz-Fusion, KDE (SystemSettings | Desktop | Enable Desktop Effects) or Xfce (Xfce Settings Manager | Window Manager Tweaks | Compositor | Enable display compositing.)

C-D screen shots | Backgrounds from Porcupine Tree


If you observe both Wbar and Cairo-Dock instead of just Cairo-Dock, move wstart in /Startup into /Startup/DisabledItems (for KDE, do the same with wstart_kde in /Autostart)

A desklet can be repositioned by dragging with the left mouse button. If it doesn't move, hold down the Alt key, then drag.

/root/Startup runs cairo-dock -c by default [-c | --cairo use Cairo back end.] Configuration is at /root/.config/cairo-dock.

KDE's /Autostart runs cairo-dock -c -d "/root/.config/cairo-dock/KDE"
. Configuration is at /root/.config/cairo-dock/KDE.


From the C-D Wiki:

Tip: You can force OpenGL by launching the dock with «cairo-dock -o».but you might get a lot of visual artifacts.
You need a graphics card with drivers that support OpenGL2.0. Most Nvidia cards can do this, as can more and more Intel cards. Most ATI cards do not support OpenGL2.0.

When I tried cairo-dock -o with an ATI HD3200 and ATI_Catalyst-10.6 it caused an immediate hard freeze.
That's why the SFS uses cairo-dock -c by default, which is stable. So the OpenGL launcher is not in the menus, but in /root/.config/cairo-dock/extras.