Tutorial : Install Avant Window Navigator in Ubuntu

ut first, a little history lesson about AWN. OK? Good… You should know that Avant Window Navigator, also known as AWN, is a dock-like bar which sits at the bottom of the screen. It has support for launchers, task lists, and third party applets. To get a better idea about what we are talking about here, take a look at the image in the left!

I have tried to make this guide as simple as possible, for every user to follow it and obtain a working AWN installation in the end.

This is the easy method and recommend for all users!

Step 1 – Add the repositories

Go to System -> Administration -> Software Sources and enter your password when asked.

A new window appears, click the second tab “Third-Party Software”, then click the ‘Add’ button and paste the following lines (one by one):

Now click the ‘Close’ button of the main window. It will ask if you want to reload the information about available software. Click ‘Reload’ and wait for the Software Sources window to close.

Install AWN

Open a terminal (Applications -> Accessories -> Terminal) and paste the following command:

sudo apt-get install awn-manager-trunk awn-extras-applets-trunk

Hit the “Y” key when asked, and complete the installation. Close the terminal window and start the AWN dock from Applications -> Accessories -> Avant Window Navigator.

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