Just a quick post to clear up something we recently discussed on Linux Outlaws. I’m a big fan of Gnome Do, the little tool that makes launching apps on your desktop faster and easier. In recent versions – 0.8.x and above – they’ve added an animated dock which is imaginatively called Docky. I often use another dock on my systems called Avant Window Navigator and I like docks in general; the software ones that is, though the places where ships tie up are ok too I suppose. I do live near Liverpool after all and my granddad was a docker; I’m not sure what he’d make of Docky but we’re getting off the point here. I found that while AWN worked well for me Docky would freeze and the animations just didn’t work.
Fab suggested this could be fixed by upgrading to the newer version 180 of driver for my nVidia graphics card. A few people have asked me since if that fixed the problem, so today I upgraded and I can confirm that it definitely does; better still I have evidence for you in the form of a screencast:
I’m afraid the video isn’t brilliant but it’s my first attempt at screencasting, something I’d like to do more of in future for demonstrations. You can read the text on the screen a lot better if you watch the video in full screen mode I’ve found. There’s no audio which I apologise for but basically you can see me using Docky on an Ubuntu 8.10 system, I also show which driver version I’m using. So if you have an nVidia card and Docky isn’t working well for you my advice is try the newest driver.
Hope that helps someone.