With this release under their belt, the developers are now focusing their attention on their next major milestone, version 0.4.0. This is a complete rewrite of the dock internals, enabling such features as a user-positioned dock, improved autohide support, a more feature-packed task manager, and better handling of applet crashes.
After using this new release of the Avant Windows Navigator it becomes clear that this is one of the first non-Mac OS X docks that actually seems to be any good, and that doesn't come with the usual flaws that other non-Apple docks carry. Usually, these docks are riddled with bugs, drawing errors, crashes, bad icon scaling, jittery animation, and my number one pet hate: a separate icon theme. This release of AWN picked up my GNOME icon set without any problems - even though the project's FAQ says it shouldn't do that. Well, you don't hear me complain.
Best of all, however, AWN doesn't feel like a slapped-on afterthought; it really feels as part of my GNOME desktop. The applets it comes with, such as the applications menu replacement and the weather applet, are well-designed, stable, and look very good. Especially the weather applet stands out in that regard; I love the "fan display" of the forecasts. Very well done.
It's not without its problems, of course. The biggest problem was that I couldn't get the system tray applet to work; it kept on complaining about another system tray being in use, even though I had killed the GNOME tray already. It also comes with this weird reflection that looks really crappy, but I can't seem to turn it off.
In any case, if you want to give it a go, you can get it now.