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How to re-enable Ubuntu 13.04 systray to display Pidgin and other programs.

Previously, Ubuntu tweak, myUnity and other Unity tweaking tools can provide configuration to modify current whitelist for Unity’s system tray or systray. But with recent upgrade (as usual), it was suddenly gone and nowhere to be found.

But at last, there’s a workaround (again..pfff) for this, here’s how:

1. Add this PPA and update+upgrade your Ubuntu 13.04 system.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:timekiller/unity-systrayfix
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

2. Afterwards, restart Unity, press ALT+F2 (run application), then type in  unity, press ENTER key.

3. You must have  dconf-editor to modify configuration, if not yet installed, do this:

sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

4. Open dconf-editor and navigate to  com > canonical > unity > panel  and the “systray-whitelist” should be displayed there so you can enable some apps to be able to use the systray. From the default setting, change it to ‘all’ (yes with the single quote ““character)

5. Then configure Pidgin, from Tools > Preferences. Set the Show System Tray Icon to “always

6. Done.





Hide network-manager applet in Ubuntu 12.04 when using ifup.

Wish to hide the nm-applet when decide to use conventional ifup instead of network-manager? Here’s how:

1. Install Gconf-Editor:

$> sudo apt-get install gconf-editor

2. Run gconf-editor and go to: Apps –> nm-applet

3. Uncheck the  setting called  show-applet

4. Done.

Show Hidden Icons from the Ubuntu’s Unity System Tray

Initially, since Ubuntu 11.04, I tried Unity several time and force myself to like it, but I can’t. Done several tweak to make it useful then, but when 12.04 came out, Unity if getting more usable and faster.

And another thing about Unity, is that I hides several icons from the default system tray, most of them place under the messaging menu icon ( the one that looks like a mail envelope), which includes pidgin, a multi-platform instant messaging client. I’ve tried several howtos to show it back to the system tray, but still I failed. Then read this acticle from ask ubuntu (here), and it works!.

Here’s how:

1. Via the console/terminal while under your login account, invoke:

$> gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['all']"

2. You can also use dconf-editor, which is included in the dconf-tool package, install it using either the “Ubuntu Software Center” or via console with the command:

$> sudo apt-get install dconf-tools

3. On dconf-editor, go to Desktop -> Unity -> Panel, and replace the value of systray-whitelist to “[‘all’]”.

4. Done.

Ubuntu 11.04 Missing Indicators or System Tray Items

GMail Notifier and Vuze are some of my mostly used application, and when I upgraded my previously 10.04 to 11.04 system (Ubuntu), I noticed that some of my currently running application that has system tray icon or indicator gone in the Unity side panel and in the system tray area. Googled it and found this link: Ubuntu 11.04 Fix:  Show All Icons/Indicators Notification Area.

The quickest way to deal with it is the following:

1.  From console:

$> gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['all']"

2. Then refresh the Unity. Press Alt-F2 and type:

 unity --replace

3. Done.

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