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Mac OS like Dock in openSUSE (Avant Window Navigator)

Avant Window Navigator (AWN/Awn) is a dock-like navigation bar for the linux desktop that positions itself at the bottom of the screen. It can be used to keep track of open windows and behaves like a normal window list, something like ...


1. your system should support Compositing (using AIGLX or XGL). In openSUSE 11.0 AIGLX compositing is enabled by default.

2. Make suere Compositing is enabled. To verify this

    # grep -i composite /etc/X11/xorg.conf
    Option       “Composite” “on”

If missing, under “Section Extensions” add the line

    Option       “Composite” “on”

So it looks as follows:

    Section “Extensions”
    Option “Composite” “on”

3. Make sure Compositing Manager is installed. Compiz, Compiz-manager, Beryl, metacity etc


1) Got to yast --> Software Management and search for "avant" and select and install it (For this make sure you have the packman repso include)

Running and Configuration:

1) After sucessfull installation run the  avant window navigator using following command
#  avant-window-navigator

2) Now run the Avant manager to preferences and setting using following command
# awn-manager

3) under General tab click Bar Appearance. Select “3D look” under Look listbox.

4) under General. There is a list box for “Icon Effects”. Select your icon effect. Once selected, click referesh button to update.

5) You can select from a list of various available applets under Applets. Select the applet and click Activate.

6) Download and install the plugins from here

7) Download and install the required thems from here

8) To make the Dock appear online, add it to the system startup in GNOME here

Finally Avant in action


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