I need to change the way the notification area applet (not the indicator applet!) is displaying notifications. I like the old way where notifications were briefly shown on a black popup window; I can only get that behavior if I remove the notification area from the panel. However, if I do so, my pidgin icon disappears also.
On my panel, there are two icons served by the applet: pidgin icon and a mail icon with small black number showing how many notifications are there. I think it is extremely annoying to accumulate notifications such as "user is offline" or "all downloads are completed" because I have to constantly click on "Clear all notifications" button .
Is there a way to filter the notifications or otherwise configure the widget? Is there a source code for it? I couldn't find it, there seems to be no process associated with the applet.
PS: I'm running gnome-classic on 12.04