Now this looks nice & is a great UI.
This is Ubuntu Hardy Heron, running AWN (Avant Window Navigator), and stalonetray (you can see stalonetray at the bottom right of the screen), with all gnome-panels removed. Interface is great, lots of screen real estate & easy navigation). Here’s how to do it: IMPORTANT:Read all of the instructions below before starting so that you understand what needs to be done.
- Follow this excellent softpedia tutorial to install AWN, with the following extra considerations (which is why you need to read all this through before you do it!):
- Follow the softpedia tutorial BUT BEFORE removing the gnome panels do the following:
- Follow the instructions found later in this post to install stalonetray, this is because the Notification Applet for AWN is very ugly & you really don’t want it.
- Follow the instructions later in this post to add the Trash Can icon to your desktop, this is because the AWN Trash Can Applet is broken in Hardy.
- Follow the instructions in the softpedia tutorial to remove the bottom gnome panel only. DO NOT REMOVE THE TOP GNOME PANEL YET!
- Start AWN & drag any application shortcuts you want onto the AWN toolbar. You can set them up later through the launcher section of awn-manager, but this is easier & will save you time & hassle (finding the right icons etc.). I dragged shortcuts for Firefox, Thunderbird & Text Editor.
- You can now follow the instructions in the softpedia tutorial to remove the top gnome panel.
- Now configure AWN using awn-manager (right-click on the AWN toolbar & select Dock Preferences), my settings are as follows:
- Next add the following applets still using awn-manager:
- Awn Main Menu
- Awn Terminal Applet
- File Browser Launcher
- Stacks Plugger
- Volume Control
- Weather Applet
- Battery Applet
- Cairo Clock
- Quit-Log Out Applet
Now you can drag them into the order you want in awn-manager (my order shown is below – notice there is a Launcher/TaskManager applet – this seems to be automatically added by AWN, if this applet is here, DO NOT remove it – you can drag applets to the left of it to make sure they appear on the far left of the toolbar).
- If you have now done everything, close all applications, then log out & log back in again & it should all be working.
- Install stalonetray using Synaptic Package Manager
- Download stalonetray.txt and save (right-click save as) in your home directory as .stalonetrayrc – this will set stalonetray up as you can see it in my screenshots. You can reconfigure it – run man stalonetray for configuration options.
- Now go to preferences/sessions and add stalonetray to StartupPrograms:
- IMPORTANT: Gnome can only handle one notification area on the desktop, so to see stalonetray working, you need to remove the notification area applet from the top gnome panel.
- You can run stalonetray from a terminal & see it, or wait until you have finished everything & logged out & back in again to see everything working together.
Add TrashCan icon to your desktop
- Open a terminal & type gconf-editor (do not run this under sudo, as then you will edit root’s desktop, not your own).
- Navigate to apps/nautilus/desktop & tick trash_icon_visible.
OK that’s it done. Configure away to your hearts content & enjoy 🙂 Now if you screw up, or you hate it all, here’s how to set Gnome back to how it was when you first installed Hardy (then uninstall awn & awn-extras if you want to):
- Remove the following hidden folders/files in your home directory:
- .config/menus/applications.menu (only this file – not the whole directory structure).
- Log out & back in again & the original installed desktop should have returned.