Matthew Brush mbrush at
Sun Dec 18 21:15:18 CET 2011

On 12/18/2011 09:58 AM, Benjamin Pabst wrote:
> Hi,
> I have tested all the major linux desktops in the past weeks (KDE,
> Gnome, XFCE), and noticed that there is a problem when using
> applications that are not developed for the currently used desktop.
> When I e. g. use "Kopete" with XFCE the notifications don't get
> displayed in the XFCE way, instead it only pops up a small messagebox
> with the notification box.
> So I want to ask if there is any interested in implementing a global
> notification server that handles application notifications in a common
> way (independent of the used desktop). This would still enable the
> desktop to show notifications in its natural way, but would rather
> eliminate the inconsistent display of application notifications that are
> not developed for the current desktop.
> Implementation could be thought of a client / server model which
> handles applications and desktops as clients, where applications "post"
> notifications and desktops "pull" (better is to use an event) the
> availible notifications and display them in their natural way.

Isn't there already something for this used by Unity and KDE (and maybe 
it's already a freedesktop standard)?

IIRC it's called "appinidicator" or something like this.

Matthew Brush

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