Avant Window Navigator Gets A New 3D Style [Video]

Avant Window Manager (AWN) Lucido has been updated with an cool new 3D effect thanks to its developer Alberto.

Check out the video given below: (Click here if you cannot see the embedded video for some reason)

I prefer panels to docks but if were to use a dock, this would be what I use. What about you?

You can get this new AWN effect through the AWN Lucido PPA. To install AWN Lucido in Ubuntu, you can refer to this article.

Launchpad PPA Upgraded to 2 GB

Launchpad has made an important  announcement this week. The earlier PPA size limit of 1 GB has been upgraded to a new limit of 2 GB. With this new size, the Personal Package Archives will now be able to host more files and provide better applications.

Launchpad is a  web application and  web site supporting software development, particularly that of  free software. Launchpad is developed and maintained by  Canonical Ltd.. On 21 July 2009, the source code was released publicly under the  GNU Affero General Public License.[2] As of August 2009, the launchpad repository hosts more than 13,000 projects. The domain  launchpad.net attracted 1 million visitors by August 2009 according to a  Compete.com survey.

Although Launchpad has provided sizes larger than 1 GB on special request earlier, this move ensures that you will get 2 GB from the very beginning. Existing PPAs larger than 2 GB will remain unchanged.

This announcement was made at the Launchpad blog by Matthew Revell.

How To Install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10

OpenOffice 3.2 has been out for about a month now. It has various improvements over the previous version like faster startup time, support for open standards like ODF and better compatibility with Microsoft Office 2007.

Although it has been out for more than a month, it is still not (and probably never be) available in the official repository for Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala. As OpenOffice.org makes the source available at the time of the release, it is possible to install it using the source right at the time of release in Ubuntu Karmic as well. However, installing from source cannot exactly be called user friendly and you will not get updates if you installed from the source. So, even if you had installed it from source earlier, it is recommended that you install it with this method.

The OpenOffice.org Scribblers team in Launchpad has however packaged and put up OpenOffice 3.2 in their PPA. So, to install OpenOffice 3.2 in Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic Koala, follow these steps:

  • Open Terminal/Konsole.
  • Add the PPA using the command:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:openoffice-pkgs/ppa

  • Update the software list with the command:

sudo apt-get update

  • If you have installed OpenOffice 3.2 from source, remove it with the command:

sudo apt-get remove openoffice*

  • Now, install OpenOffice with the command:

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org

  • If you have GNOME, run the command:

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-gnome openoffice.org-evolution

  • If you have KDE SC, run

sudo apt-get install openoffice.org-kde openoffice-kab

Now that the installation is done. You can find OpenOffice under Applications -> Office in GNOME. In KDE SC, you will find it under KickOff -> Applications -> Office.

OpenOffice location in GNOME Menu
OpenOffice in KDE SC's KickOff Menu