I now feel I should have tried harder with the website ;)
Anyway, I feel this is a good a time as any to clear some things up:
1) I don't work for Google (I wish I did :), but do use their excellent project-hosting services.
2) This differs from previous docks in that it is firstly a task switcher, just like the task list in GNOME, and therefore it will keep track of all open windows on the desktop.
3) Although this look like the MAC OS X dock, it does not try to imitate it. Awn is fully configurable, it has planned features not available elsewhere, such as the ability for applications to control their icons through dbus, and allow progress indicators on the icon.
4) Launching applications from Awn and tracking the application windows (like 'The Dock') is planned, and is being implemented as we speak.
5) The dependency on a patched libwnck is not required in svn.
6) I you are getting a segfault, this is a problem with schema installation, and can be overcome by entering the 'data' directory (after make install), and executing:
$ gconftool-2 --install-schema-file=avant-window-navigator.schemasAlso, if you are using svn, be sure to try the new task-manger launching Awn like this:
$ avant-window-navigator -x