Much Ado About Nothing

A narrative of the life of a Amatuer Videographer. Who works at a video game store. Who is also a geek. As if that wasn’t blatantly obvious.

I have no idea what to call this post.

So I’ve switched to Ubuntu Linux on my laptop since I last posted, making my self-appointed duty/task at best a little more interesting, and at worst insanely complicated and colvoluted. I’m still going to post about thing happening on the web that intrest me, but it’s going to be Linux, Ubuntu in perticular, that I’m going to be posting about.

The first subject i’m going to write on is dock programs. for the uninitiated, docks are the little things that sit on your desktop that you can put stuff in. no, not the taskbar, but much cooler.

The first dock i’m going to talk about is also my favorite, the sleek Avant Windows Navigator. this nifty little dock program is still in development, but has made a relatively stable release. it comes with a large range of applets, and it’s by far the best dock i’ve used.

The the competition, on the other hand, is considerably more difficult for the beginner to use. Ciaro dock is a powerful program, but a lot of the power is wasted because the program implememts the controls so poorly. the learning curve is so steep when you switch to the advanced controls that it’s like getting slammed in the face with a dictionary and told to explain the meaning of the word “superflous” when one has just learned to read. now this isn’t to say that i’m just getting into the world of technology, i know how to use the google on the internet machine, but the controls aren’t really about letting the user concentrate on what he or she wants, it concentrates more on how “customizeable” the dock is.

another plus to AWN that has Ciaro beat hollow is the applets, as i mentioned earlier. applets are little widgets, written in python, that add functionality to the dock. so, for instance, there is a show desktop applet on my dock, as well as a calendar/clock. AWN was built, it seems, to be more of an applet kind of dock, while ciaro concentrates on the launching of applications.

That’s now i see it anyway. If you’re the micro-managing sort, wanting to concentrate on every little feature of your dock, then Ciaro dock is for you. But if all you want your dock to do is launch applications and replace your bottom bar, the I strongly sugjest AWN.

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