Request For The MOTU – AllTray

By | 2007/01/04

This is another quick post tonite. I was reviewing some of the apps that I wanted to writeup tutorials for and came across one that I’ve been using for about as long as I can remember but, sadly, isn’t included in the default repositories. Not the universe or multiverse or any verse that we’re aware of. Each time I install I’ve got to add a third-party repo, install and then remove the third party (I’m not a big fan of using third-party repositories.) You can see my previous posts about it here and here.

So, if any of you MOTU guys would love to make my day and do me the biggest favor (and I’m sure a lot of other people would enjoy it as well) perhaps you could package up AllTray for Feisty (I hope my request isn’t too late for the freeze!)

From the website:

With AllTray you can dock any application with no native tray icon (like Evolution, Thunderbird, Terminals) into the system tray. A high-light feature is that a click on the "close" button will minimize back to system tray. It works well with Gnome,
KDE, XFCE 4, Fluxbox and WindowMaker.

alltray gnome notification tray area

I wouldn’t think it would be terribly difficult to add. It’s a pretty small app but really nice and helps me keep my panel clear by allowing me to minimize apps back to the notification area (yes, like you’re used to in XP or OSX).

Or, if one of you MOTU might be interested in taking a budding package developer under your wing I would be happy to try and take on the responsibility of ‘apprentice package maintainer’, or whatever you’d like to call it. I’ve tinkered a bit with debuild and put together a few custom packages on my own (see my previous work hack Tomboy 0.5.0 release).

If anyone is interested you can find my contact information on the sidebar. Thank You!

/me is crossing his fingers.

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10 thoughts on “Request For The MOTU – AllTray

  1. giz404

    I think Steve Frécinaux is working on Mathusalem, which kinda does that…

  2. Ubuntu Tutorials

    Mike – hey thanks. I’ve tried packaging it myself in the past but ran into trouble (I’m still a newb in package creation). I hope it can make it to the ‘verse in future releases.

  3. Johan

    Sorry, but I don’t really get it – what’s the point of this? I want fewer apps in my notification area, not more.

  4. Jo-Erlend Schinstad

    You’ll find KDocker in the repos. It does the same thing as Alltray, I think. (I’d never even heard of Alltray until now) You may want to try it out. You’d think it’s for kde, but it works perfectly with gnome.

  5. Ubuntu Tutorials

    I may take a look at KDocker. Generally I don’t do much KDE/gnome mixing but it sounds like its worth a shot.

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