Curved AWN dock.

Avant Window Navigator (awn) is an OSX style dock for linux.

While the basic version look pretty much the same. There is now a way to easily make a curved dock.

curved awn black

1. Install AWN

If you have already installed AWN, completely remove it by entering this in the terminal.

sudo rm -f /usr/local/bin/awn*sudo rm -f /usr/local/bin/avant*sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/awnsudo rm -f /usr/local/share/locale/*/LC_MESSAGES/avant-window-navigator.mosudo rm -f /usr/local/share/applications/avant*sudo rm -f /usr/local/share/applications/awn*sudo rm -rf /usr/local/share/avant-window-navigatorsudo rm -f /usr/local/lib/libawn*sudo rm -rf /usr/local/include/libawn

sudo rm -f /usr/local/lib/libawn*

sudo rm -f /usr/local/lib/pkgconfig/awn.pc

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/share/awn-core-applets

sudo rm -rf /usr/local/lib/python2.5/site-packages/awn/

Install bazaar, gnome-common and M4. (this can be done in synaptic to)

sudo apt-get install bzr m4 gnome-common

Then, Install awn curves:

sudo apt-get install build-essential autotools-dev libxdamage-dev libxcomposite-dev libgnome2-common libgnome2-dev libgnome-desktop-dev libgnome-vfs-dev libgtk2.0-dev libwnck-dev libgconf2-dev libglib2.0-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libgnomevfs2-0 libgnome-desktop-2 libgnome2-0 libwnck-common python-gtk2 python-gconf bzr gnome-common python-dev python-gtk2-dev python-cairo-dev python-gconf python-gnome2-devbzr co awn-curves

Then past this.

cd awn-curves./ && makesudo make install

stay in the awn-curves folder throughout all the instructions I give!
make sure you have your AWN repositories:

press ALT+F2,

gksudo “gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

Press Run then add the corresponding code at the bottom:

deb gutsy avant-window-navigatordeb-src gutsy avant-window-navigator

* that was only for gutsy, if you use feisty, replace all the “gutsy” by “feisty”!

Save and close that, then resume work in the terminal.

wget apt-key add reacocard.ascrm reacocard.asc

sudo apt-get update

The last thing to do is:

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator-bzr awn-core-applets-bzr

Q: How do I add awn-to my start-up???

A: System > prefernces > sessions

then add this command:




*notes: Based on this post in

  1. thats it, bro

  2. Any chance for link to wallpaper? (:

    • linuxowns
    • October 2nd, 2008

    @ Hadret

    Sorry, I can’t help you with that.

    Normally I make all my screenshots myself, but this one was borrowed from another user.

    I suggest you check out

    They have loads of wallpapers like that.

  3. Thanks! (:

  4. I gave it a shot on my ubuntu system some time ago but uninstalled it to save my system resources. It was pretty cool though.

    • Conrad
    • November 12th, 2008

    Is this How-to current for Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid Ibex?

    • Bill Goldberg
    • November 13th, 2008

    It was written for Ubuntu 7.10, I don’t know if this still works.

    You could give it a try, it can’t do anything harmful to your system.

    If it doesn’t work, you can remove it with

    sudo apt-get autoremove avant-windows-navigator –purge

    (that is – – purge with a space between the – )

    • Bill Goldberg
    • November 13th, 2008

    Oh sorry, it’s “avant-window-navigator”.

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