Howto: put Simdock on all workspaces in Openbox

Simdock is an AWN-like dock for Ubuntu. It doesn’t require a compositing manager like xcompmgr or Compiz to run, so it makes a good choice of dock for lightweight window managers.

Here’s a screenshot:

To install simdock:

sudo apt-get install simdock

To make simdock look transparent, you need to set your wallpaper as the background:

simdock -b=/path/to/wallpaper.jpg

To have it set to be above all windows, run it as so:

simdock -y

One thing simdock won’t do is place itself on all workspaces. Thankfully, if you use Openbox, there’s an easy trick. Open up ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml:

nano ~/.config/openbox/rc.xml

and place this between <applications> and </applications>:

<application class=”Simdock”>

Log out and in and the changes will take effect. Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “Howto: put Simdock on all workspaces in Openbox”

  1. Mikko Says:

    This looks like cool desktop. I have to try it as soon as I’m back home from the University (using XP 😦 )

  2. Alex Says:

    Your blog is interesting!

    Keep up the good work!

  3. Mike Says:

    I love the guitar icon. Is that for a GarabeBand-type program?

  4. toodumbforgentoo Says:

    It’s for Audacity.

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