It came as surprise to me when I saw one of my colleague (Bharat Pawar), who sits next to me, showed me dock on his Linux machine. I was showing off the dock on my Snow Leopard couple of days back (I know Kareem will be grinning ). So it was his reply to the dock in Snow Leopard.
On little investigation, I realized that it was an application which created a dock on Linux. The application is called Avant Window Navigator or in short “AWN”.
I will list down the steps in installing this application.
1. Go to System -> Preferences -> Appearance
2. A dialog will be shown, in that select Visual Effects tab and in that tab select extra option or normal option. (Extra options supports effects similar to those seen in Macintosh in fact in few places it’s even better)
The first two steps can be avoided if it’s already set.
3. Go to System -> Administration -> Software sources
4. Click the Updates tab and select Pre-released updates and Unsupported updates
5. Go to terminal and type sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator awn-manager
Launching the dock
Go to Applications ->Accessories -> Avant Window Navigator. Your dock is ready.
If the visual effects is not set to extra or normal, the dock wont show up. You can right click on the dock to set up the preferences.
Adding applications to dock is very easy and similar to Macintosh. Just drag and drop the applications to the dock. You can uncheck the options selected in Step 4. I have learned by lessons and am not going to play around with Linux System settings.