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It works !
Cairo-Dock with OpenGL support seems to be fully supported since 13 Aug 2009 with the last Intel free drivers (>= 2:2.8.0) and the last release of Mesa (>= 7.6) even on an Eeepc701 while having multiple visual effects and remains fluid! (e.g. on Ubuntu Karmic, Fedora 12, Debian Sid, etc.)

Visual artefacts when scrolling in some windows
A bug in mesa can provoke some visual artefacts when scrolling on some windows (notably some text editors like Gedit or Opera, Firefox, Nautilus, etc.).
It has been fixed in mesa 9.2 so you just need to install this version.
As a workaround, you can just disable the "windows thumbnail" option in the dock: open the advanced configuration, go to the "Taskbar" section, locate the option "how to display minimized windows", and select "draw transparent" instead of "draw a thumbnail of the window".
You might have to close/reopen the windows in order to see the changes.

Cairo-Dock's icons disappear when using OpenGL backend
It seems there is a bug when using the dock with the OpenGL backend and an Intel 4000HD GPU (Ivy-Bridge).

This bug has been reported there: https://bugs.freedesktop.org/show_bug.cgi?id=55036 feel free to confirm it

A white background? Some icons are invisible into the dock?
Yes, there still are some bugs (but always with a workaround ).
Have a look to a bug in lp and don't hesitate to confirm it ! => # 428900.
  • You can try with the indirect mode :
    cairo-dock -o -i
  • Set transparent applets out of the dock
  • Select an image as a background and put the transparency as 0
  • (...)

From Karmic all will works out of the box!
But it seems that it's works too if you are on Jaunty by adding a new repository: Xorg Edgers ppa. But it's much recommended to upgrade your system to Karmic! So be aware

  • Edit this file /etc/apt/sources.list => e.g :
    sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
  • Add this repository at the end of this file:
    deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/xorg-edgers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
    deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/xorg-edgers/ppa/ubuntu jaunty main
    You can close your editor
  • Add the repository key:
    sudo apt-key adv --recv-keys --keyserver keyserver.ubuntu.com 0x165d673674a995b3e64bf0cf4f191a5a8844c542

  • Update the APT list and install latest rev of Intel free drivers and Mesa:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
  • Reboot your session and pray that it works! :-D

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