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    GnomePanel Alternatives

    GnomePanel is described as 'highly configurable launcher and taskbar for GNOME. It forms a core part of the default GNOME desktop' and is a Application Launcher in the OS & Utilities category. There are more than 10 alternatives to GnomePanel for a variety of platforms, including Windows, Linux, BSD, Mac and Linux Mobile. The best alternative is Docky, which is both free and Open Source. Other great apps like GnomePanel are Cairo-Dock (Free, Open Source), ObjectDock (Paid), MaxLauncher (Free, Open Source) and tint2 (Free, Open Source).

    This page was last updated Mar 23, 2022
    • FreeOpen Source
    • Linux
    GnomePanel is a highly configurable launcher and taskbar for GNOME. It forms a core part of the default GNOME desktop.
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    1. Docky is a full fledged dock application that makes opening common applications and managing windows easier and quicker. Docky is fully integrated into the GNOME Desktop and features a no non-sense approach to configuration and usage. It just works.


      Last commit and last available version from 2015-09-02

    2. Cairo-Dock is an animated application launch bar for the desktop, comparable to the dock in Mac OS X or Rocket Dock (for Windows).

    3. ObjectDock is an animated dock for Windows that enables you to quickly access and launch your favorite applications, files and shortcuts.


      The program is no longer updated. Last version, 2.20, released in 2016, can be still bought from the official website

    4. MaxLauncher is a simple tabbed launcher that was designed to reduce the amount of time to find and run a program. It is capable of creating multiple data files, each of which can have a maximum of 10 tabs. Each tab and button is assigned a key(eg. F1-F10, 0-9, A-Z, etc.
    5. tint2 is a simple panel/taskbar unintrusive and light (memory / cpu / aestetic). We try to get virtual desktop and multi-monitor easier to use. We follow freedesktop specifications.

    6. DragThing is the original dock designed to tidy up your Macintosh desktop.


      Notice on of discontinuation as of 2019.

    7. XLaunchpad gives you instant access to all your shortcuts. Arrange apps in XLaunchpad any way you like by dragging icons to different locations or by grouping apps in folders. Simply drag one icon over another to create a folder.
    8. Avant Window Navigator (AWN/Awn) is a dock-like navigation bar for the linux desktop that positions itself at the bottom of the screen. It can be used to keep track of open windows and behaves like a normal window list.


      Doesn't seem to be activaly maintained anymore. Last update was in 2017.

    9. True Launch Bar is a Superior replacement for the standard Quick Launch bar. All functions presented in Quick Launch are also in True Launch Bar. However, the True Launch Bar is fully compatible with Quick Launch because it uses the same folder for shortcuts.
      • FreeOpen Source
      • Linux
      • Ubuntu Kylin
      UKUI is a desktop environment designed and developed by the Ubuntu Kylin team. It can provide Windows-like interactive functions and bring more friendly user experiences. UKUI has entered both .
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