Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Mailnag is an open-source email notification daemon available for both GNOME 3 and Unity, which checks the POP3 and IMAP email servers.
By clicking on the notification popups, the default email client will be opened.
Mailnag uses libnotify for sending notifications, which is available on the most popular desktop environments, but the mailnag notifications displayed via libnotify are displayed only for a few seconds. For Unity and Gnome Shell, this are handled by some plugins/extensions.
The latest version available is Mailnag 1.0, which has been released a while ago, bringing the below changes:
- Mailnag is desktop-independent now (was GNOME3-only)
- Added plugin system to allow easy extensibility
- Cut down the core daemon functionality to mail checking only and moved everything else to plugins
- Released GNOME 3/Ubuntu Unity extension/plugin for a tighter desktop integration
- Added account assistants for popular email providers like Gmail
- Added DBUS service (for remote control/integration in other apps)
- Redesigned and simplified config UI
- Added propper logging (log messages are sent to stdout and the system log now)
- Heavy code cleanup & refactoring
- Reduced disk write access, other performance improvements
- Fixes for various major and minor bugs
- New icon by Reda Lazri
In this article I will show you how to install Mailnag 1.0 on Ubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn and Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, using either Gnome Shell or Unity.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Mailnag 1.0 on Ubuntu 15.04, Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 14.04 systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the mailnag package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:pulb/mailnag
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install mailnag
Also, for a better integration, install the needed plugin for Unity:
$ sudo apt-get install mailnag-unity-plugin
Also, for a better integration, install the needed plugin for Gnome Shell:
$ sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-mailnag
Also, you have to install the gnome tweak tool (sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool) and enable the mailnag extensions.