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Linux UI extension mimics OS X Leopard dock

updated 02:05 pm EDT, Mon July 16, 2007

Linux Leopard-like dock

One Linux developer is working with companions to create a dock-like bar that strongly resembles the one found in Apple's Mac OS X Leopard beta operating system. The project, titled Avant Window Navigator (Awn), tracks open windows using libwnck and features a 3D 'glass' platform where icons rest with faded reflections. The dock animates icons by bouncing them up and down, switching to a particular window when users click the mouse. Clicking a second time minimizes the window, according to the developer, and right-clicking brings up a menu exactly like the one seen on the window-list which allows for maximizing, minimizing, closing, or resizing. Dragging something on top of an icon activates that window, and the dock-like bar even responds to 'needs attention' and 'urgent' events. Further, AWN allows users to use a custom pattern behind icons in lieu of the glass texture. Avant Window Navigator is available for free under the GNU General Public License 2.0.




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  1. Squirrel_Monkey

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    There's just one problem.

    I haven't found a single Mac OS X person who's crazy about the Leopard dock aside from the addition of Stacks.

  1. Oneota

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ugh...Stacks...

    Don't get me started on how much Stacks suck in actual usage. Trust me: the Leopard devs have a *lot* of work to do to.

  1. ricardogf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Start the copiers!

    So now Linux mimics Apple too? A crappy, user-UNfriendly OS based on photocopiers...go figure!

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Apple's not the first...

    ...OS to have this particular design element, though, they did give it the polishing only Apple can give a GUI. That being said, it's nice to see others imitating it. It is, after all, the sincerest form of flattery.

  1. neowolf

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Turn about's fair play...

    http://www.engadget.com/2007/06/12/leopard-dock-resembles-suns-project-looking-glass/

    The Leopard dock doesn't really look like anything new in the first place.

  1. aergern

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    heh

    ricardogf you might want to open a terminal and look at all that UNIX and GNU software underneath Aqua before you start talking about photocopying.

    Who gives a c*** if the Gnome guys copy a bit of Aqua .. I mean really. Good ideas are good ideas. I'm not so sure I like this copy since I absolutely hate that glass shelf they put into 10.5 .. horrible ..horrible stuff. I for one hope we can turn it off or theme it out of existance.

  1. garmonbosia

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    neowolf

    You can count on the deluded wannabees at engadget to come up with a crazy idea like this. Next invented the dock and every improvement in it belongs to them and Apple. I can't understand people's motivation in constantly trying to underplay Apple's innovations. Maybe you can enlighten me. (Please, no more bullshit)

  1. ViktorCode

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Reminds me...

    of Rolex watches and chinese imitations. After all it shows time too, and looks like the original. Not to mention "improvements" under the hood.

  1. LinksBeMad

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    linksbemad

    well you've got to admit that the man/woman did a lot of har work to integrate the crappy stack system into linux

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