I installed Pearl Linux on my test laptop last night- all went fine- then i did all the updates and the docky bar at the bottom disappeared. Its the 32 bit xfce version. I think maybe i should have paid closer attention to what i was updating- I chose- Select all- and update. I wanted to do this so I could one up my dedicated MAC friends, to show them that Linux could look just like a Mac. Will reinstall maybe today and be more careful! Anyone else using Pearl linux as a test bed?