Today I tried Dockbarx 0.42.1 the Windows 7 preview feature in my Ubuntu 10.10 Gnome and made it works in awn. For some who want to install Dockbarx applets in avant-window-navigator in Ubuntu, follow the steps what I just did below.

Step 1: Open up a terminal window from Applications -> Accessories menu, install dockbarx for the PPA (supports Ubuntu 9.10 and higher):

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:dockbar-main/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install dockbarx dockbarx-themes-extra

Step 2: Install avant-window-navigator and awn-applet-dockbarx:

sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator awn-applet-dockbarx

Step 3: Start CCSM at System -> Preferences -> CompizConfig Settings Manager, search and check “KDE Compatibility” and “Support Plasma Thumbnails” in its click-into configuration window (Alternatively you can use kwin as window manager instead of compiz. That will give you previews for minimized windows as well.)

Step 4: Finally, start awn at Applications -> Accessories -> Avant Window Navigator and add Dockbarx in its settings window Applets tab.

1. If you don’t see the Dockbarx applet in step4, you can download the source code from, and then extract and copy the content of the AWN folder to ~/.config/awn/applets folder.

2. To be able to access DockbarX’s recent and most used menus for openoffice, you need update zeitgeist to a newer version. If you an older version of ubuntu than 10.10, you need to update zeitgeist to get recent and most used menus for any program.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:zeitgeist/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libgtk2.0-0 libx11-6 libxcomposite1 zeitgeist

3. If you would like to remove the gnome default panels, read the step 3 in this post.

4. To configure Dockbarx applet appearance, head to Applications -> Accessoires -> DockbarX Preference