Avant Window Navigator is a dock-like window navigator sits at the bottom of the desktop,it can make your ubuntu much more friendly.
I will tell you how to install and set it in ubuntu 8.10 easily
First open Synaptic Package Manager by going to System–>Administration–>Synaptic Package Manager
type “avant-window-navigator” in the quick search field, scroll to find it and right click to mark,then click Apply to install.
do same to the “awn-applets-python-extras“,”awn-applets-c-extras”
close the window after all packages installed.
Now start it by going to Application–>Accessories–>Avant Window Navigator
at the bottom of the screen you will see
click “Awn Manager”,and set in General as you prefer
For 3D view,go to General –>Bar Appearance and set like this:
And add launchers:
Change the theme by clicking Themes –>Add(if you have download themes by searching “themes for AWN”),then click Apply