CloudBook’s gOS Dock-Blocked my Pointer

The animated icons are probably the coolest-looking part of the gOS operating system that comes pre-installed on the CloudBook. Before I got a look at the gOS operating system, my impression of Linux (from my days experimenting with Red Hat) was that it’s a functional operating system, but not very attractive. The plain, Windows 3.1-esque look of most Linux distributions can be a huge turnoff, so the Mac OS X-like look of gOS is a huge step in the right direction. It’s just a little difficult to have both the dock at the bottom of your screen and the Gnome bar at the top when all you have to work with is 400 pixels of vertical space. The dock disappears when you’re using an application, but it appears when you hover over the bottom portion of the screen, sometimes inadvertently covering buttons at the moment you try to click them. Tonight, I was trying to open an image in the GIMP image editor and, as I went to hit the Open button, my pointer was blocked by the dock. This was only one of several times that my pointer was blocked by the suddenly-appearing dock as I tried to click a button. A few times, I actually ended up clicking an icon on the dock by accident as it appeared on top of a button I was trying to press.

Dock Blocks My Pointer

Avram Piltch
Avram Piltch
The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
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  1. MikeZ Says:

    Somewhere in your desktop controls, you should find a control form
    that lets you make the dock and tool bar vertical and place on left or right side.
    Which should leave you with 640×480 (standard vga) work area.
    You should also be able to turn off that “auto-hide” function – which is a PITA on all machines.

  2. logrus Says:

    “The plain, Windows 3.1-esque look of most Linux distributions”?
    Have you actually ever seen a linux desktop? Actually, I can’t think of a single linux desktop that has ever looked like windows 3.x. Are you thinking about Motif? That you’re writing this sentence in 2008 is a shocking display of ignorance…

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