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A Mac like dock for your Linux desktop

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That fancy row of icons at the bottom of the Mac OS X desktop is pretty good, you have to admit. Hence the multitude of copy-cats that followed on other OS’s, none of which really matching the quality of the OS X dock. However, with advances in 3D desktop support, Avant Window Navigator (AWN) has stepped up, and is beginning to mark its territory, all over the OS X dock.

What makes AWN stand out from the rest, is its abilities as a task manager and system tray, removing the need for separate panels on your desktop for things like volume control, network status, and a taskbar. In fact, AWN should handle pretty much all of your needs, keeping your desktop clutter free. It does however, require compositing support (3D desktop effects) such as Compiz Fusion in order to function. Refer to your distributions documentation for more information on this.

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