Sunday, April 20, 2008

Pimping up your launchbar with wbar

Have you ever wanted an animated scrollbar, such as gOS's iBar or the one on Mac OS X, to your Linux desktop? If you're looking for some eye candy but don't want a program that hogs your memory, then wbar is just the thing for you. It's fast, small and really cool looking. Plus, installing it is really easy...

Fire your terminal and enter the following:

1. Install the imlib package to satisfy dependency
$ sudo apt-get install libimlib2-dev


2. Change to your preferred folder and download and extract the package
$ wget http://www.tecapli.com.ar/rodolfo/wbar-1.3.3.tbz2
$ tar xjf wbar-1.3.3.tbz2


3. Change to the extracted folder and make
$ cd wbar-1.3.3/
$ make
$ sudo make install


4. Before the first run, configure wbar. download wbarconf. Note: Need python for running it.
$ wget http://kapsi.fi/ighea/wbarconf/wbarconf-0.5.tar.gz
$ tar xjf wbarconf-0.5.tar.gz
$ cd wbarconf
$ ./wbarconf.py




5. Now, let's run wbar. To check the list of parameters or run
$ wbar --help


$ wbar -above-desk -pos bottom -isize 40 -nanim 5


Though not as feature rich as other alternatives like Avant-dock, wbar is lightweight and faster. Here is Wbar running on Gnome elegantly.




Src: Linux.com
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