indicator-applet is too closed for other messaging apps

Bug #573954 reported by Jan Schürmann on 2010-05-02
This bug affects 8 people
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Indicator Applet

Bug Description

i don't know if this is too difficult to develop or what's the point of the closed behaviour of indicator-applet.
i would like to choose which messaging applications should show up in the applet and which functions i want to have.
something like a GUI to choose from installed apps and from the functions this apps have.

i.e. i use Skype, Pidgin/Empathy, Thunderbird and Gwibber.
now i want to start the "indicator-applet-configurator" it shows me all my installed messaging apps or ask me to choose a "3rd-party app-plugin" and i could choose which one i want to show up in the applet.

for me it is a bug, because Linux is all about freedom of choice and the indicator-applet isn't free for choice!!

if a GUI driven configuration is too difficult i could live with a tutorial how to achive the wanted behaviour!!
i managed to get Thunderbird fully functional in the applet, but that doesn't work with skype and it doesn't work to close Thunderbird to applet but still running in the background.

Markus (markusb) wrote :

This is a similar issue as and could be merged

Sebastien Bacher (seb128) wrote :

not really the same issue but in any case it's not an issue for the applet which is only the container for indicators clients

Changed in indicator-applet:
status: New → Invalid
igi (igor-cali) wrote :

try this, if a tutorial is enough. It helped me to add skype, thunderbird, xchat and thunderbird in my message container.

i know that and i have Skype and Thunderbird in my applet. but that doesn't change the fact that it's much too closed for the Linux World!
i.e. indicator-applet doesn't interact fully with Thunderbird and Skype

Wouldn't it be appropriate to report bugs against Thunderbird and Skype instead?

Thunderbird and Skype are programs for different kinds of operating systems and almost all Linux derivates i don't think they have to change for only one distribution (even if it's the best Linux distribution ever ;-)
ubuntu wants to make life easier with indicator-applets so ubuntu has to provide an easy way to integrate the programs of users choice...
btw i think it doesn't go against something.

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