xubuntu and indicator applets

Simon Steinbeiß simon.steinbeiss at elfenbeinturm.at
Mon May 24 09:24:32 UTC 2010

hi everyone,
i wanted to point out an issue that might become more and more problematic with time for xubuntu:
since ubuntu is patching applications to play along nicely with its indicator applets, that breaks
consistency for those apps in xubuntu's/xfce's systray.

in general you might say that's not a big deal, but for applications that are installed/used by
default in xubuntu and that have a trayicon by default (yes, i'm looking at you, transmission) it's
quite a pain in my opinion.
(for those who don't know what i'm talking about: instead of the usual trayicon behavior which is
left-click==show/hide app and right-click==context-menu with transmission in lucid it's
left-click==nothing and right-click==context-menu.)

so what could be the conclusion? i would say the easiest thing is to use different applications
than ubuntu - which could be desirable as in "variatio delectat". having a second version of
transmission in ubuntu's main repo sounds like a no-go, but correct me if i'm wrong.

anyways, i hope this discussion will lead to consistent trayicon behavior in xubuntu maverick.


ps: for now i personally decided to use transmission from debian's unstable repo as i didn't see
any other way. for other's who want to try this too, you need transmission-common, transmission-gtk
and libssl0.9.8 and a brutal "sudo dpkg -i *" in the dir you save them to.

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