Where to put docky and how to use it?

Asked by lumbricus

I think Gnome do and docky is a great improvement for usability. But there is a problem: I don't know where to place it.

In the beginning I used it at the top with auto hide. But because I don't want to miss several applets (Clock, Application menu, status icons, etc) I want to have a Gnome panel at the top. Unfortunately there are several conflicts with a panel at the top and Gnome do. At first if I want to click at the panel, quite often Gnome do appears suddenly (due to auto hide) and I click accidentally on Gnome do instead of the panel. Even more annoying is that Gnome do falls behind the panel:

My second try was to give up the window list, to make the bottom panel very short in the left (only trash bin and workspace selector) and to use Gnome do in the bottom as primary window selector. For 2 months I was testing this solution. But I couldn't get used to it, not to know which windows are on the current workspace. Alt + Tab became the most important feature. Former Mac users might be happy without window list, but I am not.

Any tips or hints for these problems?

I have two improvements in mind which could solve the problems at least partly. The best one is definitely to move Gnome do to the right or left (also if this causes several other difficulties) as discussed here:

Another way to solve the conflicts with the Gnome panel might be to move Gnome do 24 pixels (= respectively the height of the panel) up (if it's at the bottom) or down (if it's at the top). But I don't know how to handle auto hide then.

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Alex Launi (alexlauni) said :

Most people who use docky delete their panel. Docky has trash can and
workspace switcher applets.

--Alex Launi

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