So you like your docks on XP/Vista and Mac OS? Well, as usually, Linux has their own that allows for a large amount of fine-tuning. Gnome Do (http://do.davebsd.com/) is first and foremost a launcher application for Linux. I run Gnome Do in my Ubuntu 9.04 machines, and plan to upgrade to Karmic Koala soon. I like Gnome Do, as it uses the Windows key and the spacebar to activate an instance of it. From that instance, you can do a lot of things, such as searching on your machine or internet, run music through Rhythmbox and other audio applications, create events in a Google calendar, and much more. While many folks do like to use a launcher, I never have had much use for that in the same way I really do not use shortcuts much. What I wanted, after moving from using a Macbook Pro was a dock that allowed me to place my most used applications on it. That is just one of the things Gnome Do can do for you. Inside on Gnome Do’s preferences, you can activate Docky, which places a dock at the bottom of your screen, much like other docks. Onto this, you drag application icons, and you can open an application, calendar, etc from that dock. Plus, if aesthetics come first for you, you can change how the icons look, what they do when you hover over them, and many more tweaks. Really, without my dock I would be lost. I began the upgrade process for my machines to Ubuntu 9.10, and my desktop is currently not allowing composting. Which Docky relies on. So until I can troubleshoot that, I must open applications from the Applications menu. How 1990s!!! Docky will return, and if you run a Linux machine, I suggest you try it as well!