Avant Window Navigator

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Avant Window Navigator is a dock-like bar which sits at the bottom of the screen. It has support for launchers, task lists, and third party applets.


You can install AWN using pacman or your tool of choice, the package is in the community repo;

& sudo pacman install avant-window-navigator

Recommended is to install the extras as well, this provides additional applets to use with AWN;

& sudo pacman install awn-extras-applets

Composite Manager

To fully utilize Avant Window Navigator, you will need a composite manager installed and configured correctly. There is a variate to choose between, depending on which windows manager you are using.

Have a read about the following:

  • Beryl -- A composite/window manager forked from Compiz (since merged to become Compiz Fusion)
  • Cairo Composite Manager -- A versatile and extensible composite manager which uses cairo for rendering.
  • Compiz Fusion -- A composite and window manager offering a rich 3D accelerated desktop environment
  • Compiz -- The original composite/window manager from Novell
  • Composite -- A Xorg extension required by composite managers
  • Xcompmgr -- A simple composite manager capable of drop shadows and primitive transparency
  • Compositing Window Managers (Wikipedia)