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I'm using Ubuntu, and my desktop is getting very messy. Most people organize things in folders, but I don't like opening up a whole window to access my stuff. I like the way iPods (and OS X Lion's Launchpad) have folders: The content shows up right by the folder. You don't have to move your mouse very far to get to the content in a folder.

I also like the way you can put a folder in the dock on Macs. Click on the folder and its content appears right above, and if you want to navigate to a subfolder, just click on the folder in the popup, and it will show the content of a subfolder.

What I would like to know is if there is anything like this for Linux, or any other program that could organize my desktop like this.

ipad folder:

A folder in a Mac dock:

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I believe the closest thing that exists to what you want is: Glx-Dock / Cairo-Dock.

Here are the instructions for installing on Ubuntu.

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