Aug 022008

Avant Window Navigator (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. The dock at the bottom of the screen gives a nice apple Mac like look for your openSUSE. There are a lot of Themes Plugins and Applets that can be added onto the dock.

AWN requires

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

2. X installation has Compositing is enabled. To verify this

opensuse11:~ # 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. A Compositing Manager installed. Compiz, Compiz-manager, Beryl, metacity etc

To install Avant Window Navigator,

Click KMenu – Computer – Install Software (in GNOME Computer – Install Software). This will start YaST Package Manager.

In the Search box, enter “avant” and press enter.
Install AWN
Select “avant-window-manager” & “awn-extras-applets” and click Accept. Accept any dependency packages to complete the installation.

This should install Avant Window Manager and the AWN Extras applets on your openSUSE under Utilities.

Alternatively, from the terminal

opensuse11:~ # yast2 -i avant-window-manager awn-extras-applets

Start Avant Window

Befor you start Avant Window manager for the first time, you need to start “Avant Window navigator” from utilities.
AWN under Utilities
To start Avant Window Navigator from terminal

opensuse11:~ # avant-window-navigator &

To start Avant Window Manager from terminal

opensuse11:~ # avant-manager &

Stop Avant Window Manager

To close AWN from terminal

opensuse11:~ # killall avant-window-navigator

To make the Dock more 3D like, from Avant-Manager under General click Bar Appearance. Select “3D look” under Look listbox.
AWN 3d look

You can also set icon effects from Avant-Manager under General. There is a list box for “Icon Effects”. Select your icon effect. Once selected, click referesh button to update.

AWN Icon Effects

You can select from a list of various available applets under Applets. Select the applet and click Activate.
AWN Applets
Similarly, third-party plugins and themes can be installed to make AWN look even more cuter.

Plugins can be downloade from here.
Look into the detailed instructions for each of these plugins. once installed, they can be added to the dock from Launcher option.

AWN Launcher

A whole lot of Themes are available for download here

Once downloaded, install the Theme from the Themes option. From Themes, click Add and browse to the tgz file downloaded. You may have to stop your AWN dock and restart again. As shown earlier.

AWN Themes
To make the Dock appear online, add it to the system startup in GNOME click Control Center – System – Sessions. click Add and enter the Description and command as follows:

Avant Window Navigator at Startup

Some AWN  in action screens

Avant Window Manager Dock

AVN Dock Applets

AWN New theme