This is a simple guide on how to have a ubuntu linux look like a maxc or some other operating system having flash effects and 3d settings enabled, having a DOCK, and many more a priview of the pic is present below..

preview of my desktop in ubuntu

to insert a DOCK like the one shown above you need to install something called as AVANT-WINDOW-NAVIGATOR.. installing it will fetch your desktop a dock looking like the one in the picture… u get the dock enabled only if you have the beryl or compiz activated and running on your system if you need them more flashy u can instal the emerald themes package …. to install these types u need to add extra source into the sources list… type these in the terminal…

sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

then a file containing the sources list opens add this following line to the end of the file..

deb fiesty eyecandy

then save and exit.then you need to get a key permission since you have added a new source.. type this

sudo wget -0- sudo apt-key add –

then update apt by

sudo apt-get update

then download and install compiz and emerald and others by typing..

sudo apt-get install compiz compizconfig-settings-manager compiz-plugins compiz-gnome compiz-fusion-plugins-extra emerald emerald-themes

the new ubuntu GUTSY(7.10) had the compiz installed by default and u need not install compiz foir that but u can install emerald and the others!!!

to start your compiz at startup u need to add the compiz to your sessions so open


Click ‘new’ and make its name: Compiz
And make its command: compiz –replace

And make one more:
Name: Emerald
Command: emerald –replace

Now just logout, then log back in, and BOOM! Shiny desktop effects!
you can change the compiz settings by opening the advanced desktop settings effects present at

system->preferences->advanced desktop effects settings

and the emrald settings by opening the emerald at


THUS these install your install with new flash effects you had never thought about!!!!

now coming to the dock….. installing the dock again need to edit the sources list add the sources to the edn of list

if you use fiesty…
deb feisty avant-window-navigator
deb-src feisty avant-window-navigator
ifyou use gutsy
deb gutsy avant-window-navigator
deb-src gutsy avant-window-navigator
and next
sudo apt-key add reacocard.asc
rm reacocard.asc
sudo apt-get update
then install awn by
sudo apt-get install avant-window-navigator-bzr awn-core-applets-bzr
thats it configure the awn again by adding to the the sessions so that it starts at startyup and add applets and launchers u need and its done… your whole new system has a new desktop appearance!!!