When it comes to installing a dock there is Plank and Cairo, which one can install independently of the specific distro and desktop environment.

But what about a bottom panel?

What if instead of using a dock like some do in Ubuntu Unity one would trey to have a panel, like in Xfce, LXDE, Mate, Cinnamon etc -- what would be the most distro/DE independent, light on resources and not requiring too many dependencies?


I would recommend tint2, fbpanel (C and GTK+), lxpanel (based on fbpanel).

There's also pypanel which is said to be a lightweight panel/taskbar and written in Python and C.

Even though tint2 was made for openbox and lxpanel was made for lxde, I believe they don't have many dependencies. Also keep in mind that you'll probably have to heavily customize this panels to look good (compared to cairo or plank, which look nice out-of-the-box).

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