Tuesday, December 18, 2007

HowTo: KDocker/AllTray - System Tray Docking

Don't you think it's cool to have those linux applications docked down into system tray? Freezing cool if this could be done by just a single point and click operation to docked down those linux apps into your docking board called system tray!

Very few apps have docking capabilities (e.g. Yahoo! and XMMS don't have any). Even if they do, sometimes they are specific to desktops (working on KDE but not on GNOME, and vice versa).

How to dock any linux application into your system tray?

Docking application into system tray can be done in Linux by using KDocker or AllTray.

Here's an entry on how to install KDocker and AllTray.

KDocker will help you dock any application in the system tray. This means you can dock OpenOffice.org, XMMS, Firefox, Thunderbird, etc. Just point and click. It works for KDE, GNOME, XFCE, and probably many more.

KDocker will help you dock any application in the system tray. This means you can dock openoffice, xmms, firefox, thunderbolt, eclipse, anything! Just point and click. Works nicely fair with KDE, GNOME, FluxBox and would probably work with others too.

All you need to do is start KDocker and select an application using the mouse and gee, the application gets docked into the system tray. The application can also be made to disappear from the task bar.

KDocker supports the KDE System Tray Protocol and the System Tray Protocol from FreeDesktop.org


Both KDocker and AllTray are available from Fedora repo and can both be installed using yum.

KDocker Installation

Kdocker requires only single step yum installation.

# yum -y install kdocker

AllTray - yet another application system tray docker

Alternatively, docking applications can also be done using AllTray. Both of them offers a lot shortcut and coolness on docking apps to system tray.

With AllTray you can dock any application without a native tray icon into the system tray. Alltray works well with GNOME, KDE, XFCE 4, Fluxbox, and WindowMaker while KDocker offers more docking options.

All Tray Installation

# yum -y install alltray

Both applications are available from Accessories after successful yum installations.

Linux apps, prepare for docking!
Oh, I forgot, it's not linux.


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