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Probably a dumb question, I have just started using linux again, since college 5 years ago, and getting back into the swing of things. I would like to add cairo dock to my startup and just cant figure out how for some reason, thanks.

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Have you read this Q&A? What are you struggling with?… – fossfreedom Dec 29 '11 at 15:33

I think you should check here where there is another question on how to run applications at startup:

How to start applications at startup?

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follow the guide and you can specify in the command option which backend to use when running cairo-dock by specifying it as an option.

Run with OpenGL backend

cairo-dock -o

Run with Cario backend

cairo-dock -c
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While the dock is running, right click on the dock. In the drop down menu there's an option to start cairo-dock on startup. Select it. Done.

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to run cairo-dock open a terminal and execute cairo-dock & and follow the instruction... – hhlp Dec 29 '11 at 19:05

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