Default Desktop Experience for 11.04

Matthew Paul Thomas mpt at
Thu Apr 14 13:13:39 UTC 2011

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John Johansen wrote on 11/04/11 01:00:
> On 04/09/2011 12:21 AM, Allison Randal wrote:
>> On 04/07/2011 11:52 PM, Martin Pitt wrote:
>>> If this is a major issue, then frankly I'd rather just remove the
>>> whitelist and allow all old-style systray applications than dropping
>>> Unity by default completely.

We've already done that. Now we're moving to the next step.

>> Yup, holding the vision for the future while addressing practical
>> concerns doesn't have to be all-or-nothing, black-or-white.

It's not all or nothing -- it's been a very gradual change.

In April 2010, we announced that we would be retiring the notification
area in Ubuntu 11.04.

In 10.04 and 10.10, Ubuntu allowed both notification area items and
application indicator items.

In 11.04, Unity reimplemented the notification area with a whitelist, a
whitelist that is longer than we originally intended.

In 11.10, if people have time to work on fixes for HPLIP and Mumble,
we'll be able to shrink the whitelist. (And by then we'll have a real
developer site, where ISVs can more easily find information about
application indicators and other Ubuntu APIs.)

> +1 its enough of a problem that some family members won't be making
> the switch to unity.

Can you be specific? Have you reported bugs on the applications?

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