How to Restore the Systray Whitelist on Ubuntu 13.04

Hello Linux Geeksters.

As you may know, the Unity notification area systray whitelist is not available by default on Ubuntu 13.04.

Java and Wine are two applications that are hard-coded to appear in the notification area, but popular apps like Truecrypt, Pidgin or Cryptkeeper don’t appear. So, if you want to be able to whitelist apps again, to use the systray, this is how you restore the systray whitelist in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail:

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How to restore the systray whitelist in Ubuntu 13.04 Raring Ringtail:

Add the repository:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:timekiller/unity-systrayfix

Update the local repository index:

$ sudo apt-get update

Upgrade Unity:

$ sudo apt-get upgrade

This will upgrade Unity with a re-patched version having the systray whitelist usable. To re-add the systray whitelist, open Dconf Editor, go to com > canonical > unity > panel and your should see “systray-whitelist” displayed, and ready for enabling.

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One comment on “How to Restore the Systray Whitelist on Ubuntu 13.04
  1. Rene CD says:

    After being a Linux server admin for 20+ years I’m pleased to finally find that with Ubuntu 13.04 Linux is being a viable alternative on the desktop. I’m a bit surprised thought, after all the security bru-ha with using ‘sudo’ rather than just have a root shell, users are expected to go ahead an add a random repository and allow an upgrade of their GUI just to get a small functionality to function. This is not meant as to be disrespectful to whoever maintains this repo, just that it would seem to be something that ought to be easily fixable in the main branch. tut-tut.

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