Okay since i havent been using my laptop that much lately its become my little testing ground for new cool stuff. Although AWN doesnt qualify for new stuff for me, i decided to give it a whirl to see how far its come since i last visited it.
I figure i will be using it when i feel its stable enough as it provides me with my much needed eye candy desktop, and also is … well okay it just looks great ! 😀
Anyhow lets get started on how to install and compile this little goodie from source.
Step one is of course to find instructions on the website: https://launchpad.net/awn
Before we try and follow the nice directions, i did a little digging (and some error investigating) to find a big list of dependencies that should be installed first. So lets first prep the system and make sure we actually can compile awn.
Open a terminal and type the following code
sudo apt-get install build-essential automake1.9 autotools-dev libxdamage-dev libxcomposite-dev libgnome2-common libgnome2-dev libgnome-
desktop- dev libgnome-vfs-dev libgtk2.0-dev libwnck-dev libgconf2-dev libglib2.0-dev libdbus-glib-1-dev libgnomevfs2-0 libgnome-desktop-2 libgnome2-0 libwnck-common python-gtk2 python-gconf bzr gnome-common bzr
This should make sure all your dependencies are ready for the following steps.
2. Now we can checkout and build the application
bzr co http://
bazaar. launchpad. net/~awn- core/awn/ trunk avant-window-navigator
This checkout the files needed. Then we build them
./autogen.sh && make && sudo make install
After the compile process is finished you can start the AWN by typing ‘avant-window-navigator’ in either your console, or in the run dialog (alt+F2). The 3d setting should also be available.
Thats about it for now. Below are some links of interest for AWN, and for seeking help in the build process