Raring Will Retire Systray Whitelist

The option that allowed applications that lack App Indicator support to show in the system tray has been removed from Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail).  These applications were hidden by default starting with Ubuntu 11.04 but could be changed by changing gsettings.

Ubuntu’s Matthew Paul Thomas has entered the following bug:

“Mark has asked us to consider retiring the notification area whitelist for 12.10. The application indicator system has been in place for two years now, which should be long enough for applications to adopt it.

“If the whitelist was retired, Java and Wine would be hard-coded as the only software still able to use the menu bar as if it was a notification area, because their developers don’t necessarily know that Ubuntu even exists.”

Of course, there is discussion in the comments, including:

“Thanks for breaking the 5000+ Ubuntu users within our company that “enjoy” using such ancient applications like Sametime, Lotus Notes or Symantec Antivirus. Maybe, in 5 years from now, such applications will accept that unity exist and provide indicators. Today, they dont. Or maybe unity is history in 5 years from now.

“One of the few reasons I found to convince myself to dig into Unity was the fact that such icons would work a bit better than on KDE. Now you really took away one of the remaining “advantages” of Unity.

“Excellent job. Thank you!”

I am torn on this issue.  I have used gsettings myself:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist “[‘all’]”

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8 Responses to “Raring Will Retire Systray Whitelist”


  1. 1 anthonyvenable110 February 8, 2013 at 11:39 pm

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  2. 4 reformedmusings February 8, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Well, that doesn’t make my day. I have a number of “interlopers” working fine in the systray. Useful apps universally available in the systray is indeed one of the reasons that I stayed with Unity rather than jumping back to KDE. I may have to reconsider that choice.

    • 5 ubuntulady February 9, 2013 at 10:28 am

      I wonder why Mark (Shuttleworth, I presume) is trying to make Unity unworkable. Hopefully, someone will come up with an app indicator version of the systray? I already use indicator-classicmenu to put the menus back. ;:

      • 6 reformedmusings February 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm

        I think that the Ubuntu interface team has a vision of their own that doesn’t parallel or consider long-time users’ desires. But as you indicate, the beauty of open source is that someone outside the team can “fix” the problems presented.

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