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New Notification System for GNOME and KDE

Canonical the makers of Ubuntu about to introduce a new desktop notification system proposal. New changes should improve the usability of the Linux desktop including desktop notification system for both GNOME and KDE. From the Mark Shuttleworth blog:

The key proposals we are making are that:

* There should be no actions on notifications.
* Notifications should not be displayed synchronously, but may be queued. Our implementation of the notification display daemon will display only one notification at a time, others may do it differently.

That’s pretty much it. There are some subtleties and variations, but these are the key changes we are proposing, and which we will explore in a netbook device with a partner, as well as in the general Ubuntu 9.04 release, schedule gods being willing.

I think new changes looks more like Growl system used in Mac OS X. You can read more about proposal including mockup video that shows new notification system here.

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  • Sir Marky December 24, 2008, 8:46 am

    You’re not alone with the comparrison with Growl. My primary home machines are OSX and have been using Growl for years. This ‘new’ system for Linux is nothing more than a conversion of that concept. Not to be sniffed at afterall Growl is brillant so it’s welcome on Linux, but I hope the blogsphere doesn’t get too wrapped up in the hype that this system is new, because we both know it isn’t.

  • Darcy Whyte December 24, 2008, 11:49 am

    You should be able to dock it on the toolbar.

    Then you can pop open the current message and history.

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