Workaround: Gnome-Do Docky in Fedora 12
To my dismay, after installing Fedora 12, I soon realized that the famous “Docky” theme for Gnome-Do did not come stock. After some poking around their forums I saw that there was some legal issue between Gnome-Do and Apple. Blah blah blah, I have no time for Apple’s whining and pouting. They’re interfering with my FOSS-time. One person made it clear that even though this feature has been removed from the Fedora repos, you can always install Gnome-Do from source. Ha! What a noble idea, I thought to myself. I’ve gotten so used to repos and RPMs that I haven’t had to install anything from source in quite some time. Well- that alternative install method works and I jotted it down for ya’.
Where to Start
The first thing you should do is get your “development” environment ready to compile things from source. It’s pretty easy to do, just install some tools and libraries. In my case, I installed Fedora 12 from a LiveCD. That means it didn’t come with EVERYTHING pre-installed. No worries, just YUM-it-up!
The first thing I did was install a lot of tools and libraries via the “groupinstall” option:
# yum groupinstall "development tools" "development libraries"
That roughly installed about 149 packages. I then went to Gnome-Do’s web site and they suggested the following packages:
# yum install gtk2-devel gnome-sharp-devel gnome-desktop-sharp-devel gnome-keyring-sharp-devel mono-addins-devel ndesk-dbus-devel ndesk-dbus-glib-devel notify-sharp-devel GConf2-devel
This command yielded about 34 packages to be installed.
Up Next: Grab the Source File
Now go to Gnome-Do’s web site and try and find the source file! I say that jokingly, of course, they actually do a good job of pointing you to the right file. But for your convience, I have a direct link to gnome-do-0.8.2.tar.gz. Here’s the link to their launchpad site: https://edge.launchpad.net/do.
Once you’ve acquired the tarball- it’s time to unpackage the package and start the compilation process (sounds exciting, eh!?). Run these commands one at a time:
$ tar -xvzf gnome-do-0.8.2.tar.gz $ cd gnome-do-0.8.2 $ ./configure $ make # make install
The first time I ran Gnome-Do and tried to go into the “Preferences” section, it crashed on me. Simply try again. Find the “Appearance” tab and choose “Docky”. Oh the joy of seeing it load. I could be incorrect, but if it doesn’t load, you’ll need to run Compiz first. God speed my fellow FOSSventurers. Let me know if you had a good experience with getting Docky to work.