Monday, 28 March 2016

Install Cario-Dock

To install cairo-dock you need to do the followings:
1.    Install Cairo Dock from Kali Repo
2.    Install Cairo-dock from Cairo-docks repo
o    Add Cairo-Dock repo in Kali Linux sources.list file
o    Add GPG Keys
o    Update package list via apt-get
3.    Install Cairo-Dock and Plugins
4.    Run Cairo-Dock

Install Cairo-Dock from Kali Linux Repo

If you’ve used the official Kali Linux repository, then you can install Cairo-Dock and all it’s requirements directly from Kali Linux repository.
Use the following command to install Cairo-Dock in Kali Linux from Official Kali Linux repository:
aptitude -r install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins
This will install all cairo-dock, it’s plugins and any recommended packages. Move to Running Cairo-Dock section from there.

Install Cairo-dock from Cairo-docks repo

In case you don’t want to install Cairo-dock from Kali Linux’s official repository, you can always add the repository for Cairo-dock and install from there.

Add Cairo-Dock repo in Kali Linux

First you need to edit /etc/apt/sources.list file
vi /etc/apt/sources.list

add the following line
deb stable cairo-dock

Save and exit the file

Install GPG key
wget -q -O- | apt-key add -

Update package list
Update source list
apt-get update

Install Cairo-Dock and Plugins
Run the following command to install Cairo-Dock and plugins
apt-get install cairo-dock cairo-dock-plug-ins

Run Cairo-Dock
Now you can launch Cairo-dock from
Applications  —> System tools —> cairo-Dock

Cairo-Dock is a nice tool to have and it adds some color to your Kali Linux’s boring desktop. I like monitoring and weather applets. They also got many theme’s that you can play with.
In fact since writing this post, I’ve done some more editing and ended up having a great Desktop. I’ve used black-element theme, conky-color and cairo-dock. Wallpaper was downloaded from Wallpaperswide. What a great community! Here’s a new screenshot of this desktop.