Ubuntu 13.04 now blocking legacy systray apps

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3vi1 Posted: Sat, Feb 9 2013 8:32 AM

In what can only be characterized as 'a series of bad decisions', the Unity devs have decided to hardcode the appindicator/sytray whitelist in Ubuntu 13.04 such that it only supports actual appidicators... and Wine apps... and Java apps.  I think the idea was to force devs to update their apps to support appindicators.

So, Spideroak, KTorrent, Truecrypt, and other apps all lost their systray functionality.

Luckily, this is Linux, and there are literally more than 15 other desktop environments you can use.  So, I switched from Unity back to KDE.  KDE has backward compatibility with the old systray icons, and generally doesn't punish the user for using apps that weren't written 'one way'.

What part of "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn" don't you understand?


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