How to install Avant Window Navigator (AWN) in Ubuntu 9.10 (Karmic)

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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.

You need to make sure that your X installation has the "Composite" extension enabled.In this tutorial we have already discussed how to enable compiz fusion in Ubuntu 9.10

Install awn in Ubuntu 9.10

Open the "Software Sources" configuration dialog, located in System ? Administration ? Software Sources.


Click on the "Updates" tab and enable the "Recommended Updates" for your distribution. For example, if you're running Karmic (9.10), then you would enable "Recommended Updates (karmic-updates)".

Click on the "Other Software" tab.Click on the "Add" button


In the dialog box that opens up, enter "ppa:awn-testing/ppa" (without the quotes) and click on Add Source


Once added you should see similar to the following screen here click on Close the Software Sources dialog.


You will be prompted to reload your software sources. Select "Reload".


Now you can install awn packages using terminal

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator-trunk awn-settings-trunk


Open the "Synaptic Package Manager", located in System ? Administration ? Synaptic Package Manager search above two packages and mark for installation

Using AWN

You can now start AWN from Applications->Accessories->Avant Window Navigator


Once it opens you should see similar to the following screen


Configuring AWN

You can open AWN settings from System--->Preferences--->AWN Settings


AWN Preferences screen


AWN Task Manager screen


AWN Applets screen


AWN Themes screen


AWN Advanced screen


AWN in Action


AWN Themes

You can download AWN Themes from here

AWN Plugins

You can download AWN plugins from here

AWN Applets

You can download AWN applets from here

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11 Responses

  1. Looks cool. But I usually prefer Cairo-Docl 😀

  2. Daniel K. says:

    I like the Cairo-Dock too, AWN is from yesterday. Sorry

  3. AlexQR says:

    I can install it even faster:
    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:awn-testing
    sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator-trunk awn-settings-trunk

    I think it is much faster XDDD

  4. Jerad Jacob says:


    You’re missing 33% of your improved howto.

    Step 1.5: sudo apt-get update.


  5. Abhishek S. says:

    Even I prefer Cairo-Dock in preference to AWN.
    AWN caused a crash on a low-end machine that I was playing around with, wiping out my wubi-based Ubuntu installation. I didn’t touch it after that. Moreover, Cairo-Dock doesn’t require composting enabled by default.

  6. HaD3z says:

    I’ve always wanted something like that. And I have installed it and others, but how do you get rid of that top panel; I don’t want both them both.

  7. AlexQR says:

    @Jerad Jacob
    It is possible to make it with:

    sudo add-apt-repository ppa:awn-testing && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator-trunk awn-settings-trunk

    Hey what about this:
    if you select some text you can copy-paste it just by cliking midle button of your mouse!!!

  8. Brie says:

    Nice. Lots of people seem to prefer Cairo-Dock but I’m in love with awn.

  9. Gobi says:

    Thanks. It is a great help. Simple explanation help me a lot as I am new to the Linux environment.

  10. dale says:

    the add button stays blanked at the apt line thing plz help i have ubuntu 9.04

  11. Nigel Cardwell says:

    To solve this, you need to run following commands:

    gpg –keyserver –recv-key 2EBC26B60C5A2783

    gpg -a –export 2EBC26B60C5A2783 | sudo apt-key add –

    Then run apt-get update

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