The upcoming Ubuntu (codenamed Jaunty Jackalope) 9.04 has a new notification system. Since it’s so beautiful, you may wonder if it’s possible to get that stuff onto your Arch box. Here’s how:
- Install notify-osd-bzr from Hugo Doria‘s repository. You can enable the repository by putting these lines at the top of your pacman.conf:
[archlinuxbr] Server = http://repo.archlinux-br.org/i686/
For those of you on 64-bit you can install the notify-osd-bzr package from AUR.
- notify-osd shows dialogs for notifications with actions which looks quite ugly. So quite a few applications have to be patched to remove actions for notifications wherever possible. Patched versions of some applications can be found in AUR. Some of these are also available from the archlinuxbr repository.
- Install human-icon-theme from AUR and use it to get the icons in gnome-power-manager and networkmanager notifications (unfortunately, these icons not yet standardised and only come with the human theme).
- Enjoy the new notifications! Note that you must logout and log back in before the new notifications can be active.
For more information on the new notification system in Jaunty you can read up the specification at: http://wiki.ubuntu.com/NotifyOSD.