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I really don't want to use any existing DE out there, so I have decided to put together custom compiz session with probably a dock such as dockbarx or docky. Now I just need a decent panel to use, I remeber I could use the unity-2d-panel but not anymore since its dropped from 12.10. Any suggestions? So far I have tried tint2, xfce4-panel, and wingpanel.

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I'm not sure about your question. You say you don't wanna use a existing DE, but you would use unity-2d-panel if it wouldn't have been dropped from 12.10? – termnml Dec 9 '12 at 22:29
Sorry for misunderstanding I am looking for a panel with indicators like a system tray, it's not that the unity-2d-panel was my preference just that it worked pretty well. – Alex Dec 9 '12 at 22:37
If you just want an oldschool-panel you could give Gnome 3 in Fallbackmode a try. – termnml Dec 9 '12 at 23:01
thanks yes I tried that I just though maybe someone knew of some panel I didn't know of. thanks – Alex Dec 9 '12 at 23:14

I suggest you:

  • Docky: The most simple, but really good
  • Cairo-dock: a complete dock that provide a session himself
  • Avant Window Navigator: in the middle between the previous

I suggest you try all three

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I believe AWN was dropped from 12.10 repositories. I'm sorry if I didn't clarify I need a system tray, so docky is not it but cairo dock always seemed to look very "cartoon" like. thanks though – Alex Dec 9 '12 at 22:42

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