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According to this posting here, 13.04 will finally disable the support for tray icons by taking away the idea of whitelisting applications for tray icon usage.

My problem is that I have to use several applications that don't care about unity (for example: IBM sametime and Lotus notes; Symantec Antivirus).

Please note that these are all "true" Linux versions of the corresponding products. I can't say if they are supported officially on Ubuntu; but they run fine ... without using Wine for example. So, that Wine tray icons still work doesn't help these applications.

Just wondering: is there any back door that I am not aware of? Like, some generic indicator that could be configured to wrap around the no longer supported tray icons?

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You should ask this again when 13.04 is released. I read on some websites people making the same argument but the main comment was: BM sametime, Lotus notes; Symantec Antivirus should alter their software so get in line with Ubuntu's method. –  Rinzwind Feb 11 '13 at 15:24
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Lot's more here: New Unity, whitelist disabled = bad. –  user25656 Feb 11 '13 at 16:27
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This issue is subject to this lengthy bug-report - should be interesting to see how this pan's out: bugs.launchpad.net/ayatana-design/+bug/974480 –  fossfreedom Feb 11 '13 at 16:38
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closed as off topic by vasa1, Seth, Florian Diesch, hhlp, qbi Feb 24 '13 at 22:54

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