Customization is one of the most essential aspects of the KDE Plasma DNA, encompassing not only the large number of configuration possibilities that it offers by default but also accessories that allow you to implement even more profound transformations. One of the most popular accessories is the Latte Dock, which has appeared version 0.10 recently.
As its name suggests, Latte Dock is responsible for making available a dock that may resemble that of macOS. However, it is not only intended to be an imitation of one of the most recognizable parts of Apple’s operating system but also seeks to add value to the user experience by integrating with the desktop and being able to replace the default panel.
Latte Dock 0.10 has come with the purpose of being an evolution for this accessory, so we find a remarkable amount of news thanks to the application of more than 2,200 commits since version 0.9. To begin with, we find support for multiple docks and panels on the same edge of the screen, support for docks and floating panels that can be placed anywhere on the screen. , support to establish a background radius and the size of the background shadow, on-demand sidebars and support of multiple Latte Tasks on the same dock or panel.
But Latte Dock 0.10 not only comes to cover aspects of KDE Plasma, it also aims to go further. For example, it has added GTK_FRAME_EXTENTS support over X11 to inform window managers about the visible area of docks and has made an internal Widget Explorer dialog available, opening the door to full use of Latte Dock in desktop environments. Like GNOME and XFCE.
Returning to the “natural environment” of the Latte Dock, KDE Plasma, the accessory is in charge of optionally informing the desktop environment about the geometries of the docks and the panels; supports Plasma margin separators; dialogues have been redesigned and improved; templates have been included for all design functions; the ability to export layouts, docks, and panels as templates for public use; and incorporated the functionalities of moving, copying and pasting for the docks and the panels. All this has come together with new placement possibilities.
Those responsible for Latte Dock advise that version 0.10 has become the reference version and that any previous release is now considered obsolete. The easiest way to enjoy the latest version of this powerful dock is to use a distribution rolling release or KDE neon, which provides a stack fully updated KDE on the stable basis of Ubuntu LTS .