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Ayatana on Frugalware?

NOTE: This blog entry was published on Devil505’s blog, on 13 September 2010. With his permission I have translated it into English and republished it here.

Last week I started a sort of Frugalware Linux project, porting the Ubuntu project Ayatana. Simply put, the system includes Ayatana indication and reporting used by default on Ubuntu and the Unity menu for Ubuntu’s netbook version. You can find more information about Ayatana on the Ubuntu wiki.

I first followed Arch Linux by focusing on the indication system. I don’t want to make Frugalware like Ubuntu but I found some interesting parts of Ayatana so I thought, why not make them available to Frugalware’s users? The indicator-applet package is available in the ‘current’ repository, together with indicator-me, indicator-messages, indicator-monitor, indicator-session, indicator-sound and xchat-indicator. Below are screenshots which illustrate some of the indicators in action.

I do not certify that it works 100% because certain things like new mail notification are not fully developed. Sound control works if you use pulseaudio. indicator-me is able to import my email accounts from Pidgin.

I am currently using versions also used by Ubuntu Lucid (Updates) for more stability. The versions used by Ubuntu Maverick would require me to update the Ido library to version 0.1.11 and that’s just not feasible at the moment.



It’s not yet been decided if notification-daemon will be replaced by notify-osd. Admittedly notification-daemon has not really evolved since the last commit date of 2009. To my knowledge, no distro (besides Ubuntu and its derivatives) has officially abandoned notification-daemon for notify-osd’s benefits. Bouleetbil, the maintainer of GNOME in Frugalware would not consider this change at the moment, but the debate remains open. Some parts of GNOME need to be patched to use notify-osd and Frugalware’s policy is to avoid unofficial patches where possible. 

In the meantime, you can test notify-osd test this way:

# pacman-Rd notification-daemon
# pacman-U…

If you want to revert to using notification-daemon, uninstall notify-osd with pacman-Rd and then reinstall notification-daemon.


When it comes to Unity, I’ll leave that aside for now.


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