About message indicator and launchers

Roderick B. Greening roderick.greening at gmail.com
Wed Sep 9 13:44:48 BST 2009

+1 from me.

It's a MI only as far as I am concerned and as far as the specification goes. 
Let's stick with that.

Only applications that are installed and running and having waiting messages 
should show up here. If it's not installed, not running or no messages, the 
list would be empty (e.g. the app does not show up). IMO.

In the current implementation, Kopete and Kmail (for example) show in the list 
when no messages. I believe they should not show at all as this should not be 
a launcher (at least thats how I understand what was spec'd - though could be 

Anyway... lets keep to actual spec is my thoughts.
Roderick B. Greening, B.Sc.
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> 2009/9/9 Aurélien Gâteau <aurelien.gateau at canonical.com>:
> > Hi,
> >
> > There has been quite some discussion on the Ayatana mailing list about
> > whether including application launchers in the message indicator applet
> > was a good idea.
> >
> > I just discussed this with my manager, who told me that whether the
> > message indicator plasmoid should include launchers is something the
> > Kubuntu community should decide.
> Since we have only discussed inclusion of a design for a message
> indicator and not for a message center, AND because v2 (which includes
> some of the "center" stuff) is not going to be complete for Kubuntu
> Karmic, we should keep true to the nature of the message "indicator"
> and remove the links to launch applications if they are not running.
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