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I found a way to make the icon backgrounds transparent for the Unity Launcher by changing the files under /usr/share/unity/4.

Does anyone know how to make the background transparent for the launcher itself? I already made it transparent under Compiz, but I want to remove the line that separates the launcher from the desktop. If anything, I just want to make it look like the icons are floating.

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You want to remove the 1px white border around the launcher, right? If that's the case, I believe it's hard coded and it's not something that can be achieved without messing up with unity source code, or in your case - with the unity-rotated one :)

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thank you for your response. i was hoping that wasn't the case. :( when i removed the border around the icons, there were transparent .pngs with a border that were used as a border. I deleted them and replaced them with a purely transparent file of the same size and it removed the border. Maybe there is a .png of the "background" with the border for the entire launcher too? –  Ryan McClure Feb 16 '12 at 15:49
    
Nope, there isn't one, at least not one that I know of :P –  me4oslav Feb 16 '12 at 15:53
    
Well, given that, are there any good dock programs out there? :) –  Ryan McClure Feb 16 '12 at 15:59
    
You can try Docky, DockBarX, Avant-Window-Navigator, Cairo-Dock etc... but don't you think that using Unity with a third party dock is a bit of a overkill? :) –  me4oslav Feb 16 '12 at 18:24
    
Good point. :) I think I can just live with the little line –  Ryan McClure Feb 23 '12 at 7:23
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