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I installed Ubuntu 11.04 on one of my systems and I am using the Unity interface. Unity is working quite well so far but I really miss panel applets for net speed, cpu temp, and system monitor.

These applets are useful for viewing quick info. Unlike 10.10, there is no other way to get this info onto the panel or unity launcher. There are solutions like screenlets and conky but they don't feel appropriate for a clean desktop look.

If you know one then please list out any third party indicators with links so that they can be found.

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StackApplet

Category: Other

StackApplet is a GNOME panel applet that monitors your activity on any StackExchange site.

stackapplet

stackapplet Install stackapplet in Ubuntu Software Center

Update:

As indicated in comments, the version of StackApplet in the Ubuntu Software Center is old and broken. To install it, use instead this ppa.

The first time the application is used, run

python /usr/share/stackapplet/stackapplet.py &

from a terminal.


For Ubuntu 14.04:

1.5.1 is available on universe repositories

So after enabling universe repositories, It can be installed by following command:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install stackapplet

But it has bug with adding account so upgrade to 1.5.2 as follows:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stackapplet-dev/stackapplet
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install stackapplet
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System Load Indicator

Category: System Information

Network, memory and cpu usage indicator; this is a port of the original System Monitor GNOME Panel applet (gnome-system-monitor applet).

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In Preferences you can customize the output to fit it to your desktop theme:

preferences dialog

To install:

You can install it through the Ubuntu Software Centre by clicking this button:

Install via the software center

or through the command line:

sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload

If you want the latest updates, you can install it from the PPA with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:indicator-multiload/stable-daily
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-multiload
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this indicator as it seems, according to this bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/unity/+bug/720446 that it causes a memory leak in unity. so be aware. –  suli8 May 9 '11 at 3:15
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I would love for the way the scaling of the network throughput works to be a user setting. I prefer a fixed scale rather than the indicator scaling up and down as throughput demands. Other than that, interesting. –  mvexel Aug 22 '11 at 4:59
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The memory leak bug is when it works in tandem with compiz...so no compiz (which is buggy anyways) equals happy and safe indicator.. :) –  charlie May 8 '13 at 13:08

Weather Indicator

Category: Weather Forecasting

Warning. This indicator is not being updated anymore and will probably not work in current versions of Ubuntu.
UPDATE ! Development continues! https://launchpad.net/weather-indicator/+announcement/11516

Displays the current/extended weather, multiple locations and notifications support.

Weather Indicator

indicator-weatherInstall indicator-weather in Ubuntu Software Centre

or project's PPA: ppa:weather-indicator-team/ppa
Please note! The latest builds of Weather Indicator require updated versions of pywapi, Python Weather API: ppa:pywapi-devel/ppa

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@Glutanimate It does have that unfortunate habit and occurs with latest version, ofter after resuming from standby. I think it is upstream issue so developer can do little about it. It seems to do it less after switching to the Yahoo feed. Bugs List –  Cas Sep 24 '12 at 0:37
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my-weather-indicator (launchpad.net/my-weather-indicator) is better maintained and more stable that this one. –  HDave Oct 17 '12 at 22:10

ClassicMenu Indicator

Category: Application starter

Provides a simple way to get a classic GNOME-style application menu for those who prefer this over the Unity dash menu. Like the classic GNOME menu, it includes Wine games and applications if you have those installed.

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Get the most recent version from its web page (PPA available for Ubuntu 11.04, 11.10 and 12.04).

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Hardware Sensors Indicator

Category: System Information

Application Indicator showing hardware sensors.

sensors

First add the repository:

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:alexmurray/indicator-sensors 

Update:

sudo apt-get update  

And then install the package:

sudo apt-get install indicator-sensors

Then launch Hardware Sensors Indicator from Unity or run indicator-sensors from a terminal.

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CPUFreq

Category: System Information

cpu-freq-screenshot

If you have a laptop or Netbook and want to be able to cool down that chip that's burning your hand and save some battery power this will be useful.

sudo apt-get install indicator-cpufreq

OR
Install via the software center

If you don't use the indicator plugin (say, on Xfce), you can also use this utility in the systray (or notification area).

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indicator-cpufreq appears not to work with Ubuntu 12.04 –  Inkayacu May 5 '12 at 16:48
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The PPA threw a 404 for me when I tried to add it, but it turns out is was already in the repos for 12.04, so I installed that and it appears to be working just fine. –  Nick DeMayo Jul 15 '12 at 14:15
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The PPA is no longer needed, the indicator comes with Ubuntu 12.04. It also does work (but you need to start it manually, such as by typing indicator-cpufreq on a terminal) –  Scott Ritchie Jul 27 '12 at 0:33

My Weather Indicator

Category: Weather Forecasting

this is an indicator that will show weather information in your area, as well as other valuable information such as time of sunrise, sunset and moon phase

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Find out whether you need to wear a jacket, a t-shirt or a waterproof suit... If you click on the indicator, you will get more information about, humidity, dew point, feels like, wind velocity and wind direction, weather condition.

My-Weather-Indicator informs you about sunrise ans sunset time, and the lunar phase

Information

You can get the forecast for your area for next three days:

The forecast

You can get information of the weather of two cities at the same time:

Two cities

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:atareao/atareao
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install my-weather-indicator
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Dropbox

Category: Cloud Computing

Dropbox

Download and install the deb.

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VirtualBox™ Indicator

Category: Virtualization

Provides a quick way to launch virtual machines.

For Precise onward (Python3 version):

indicator-virtual-box

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:thebernmeister/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-virtual-box

For Natty, Maverick & Lucid (Vala version)

indicator-virtualbox

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install indicator-virtualbox
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Caffeine

Category: Power Management

Caffeine helps prevent Ubuntu from ‘sleeping’.

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ppa:caffeine-developers/ppa and install package caffeine

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Watch out that caffeine currently has an issue with notify-osd, as all notifications other then critical will be suppressed with caffeine. For further reference see this bug on Launchpad. –  B_E Jul 9 '11 at 16:18

Ejecter

Category: Mounting/Drive Removal

Handy applet if you are swapping out usb sticks, cards and hardrives on a regular basis.

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You can install ejecterInstall ejecter without using the PPA - it's in the default repositories.

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This is no longer available in > 12.10. Any alternative known? –  Paul van Schayck Apr 22 '13 at 18:31

Places Indicator

Category: File management

This is a simple indicator that shows common folders and all bookmarks, the indicator updates automatically if bookmark was added or removed.

Places Indicator screenshot

  1. Download the latest version
  2. Extract the files
  3. Run indicator-places.py
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Sysmonitor Indicator

Category: System Information

Nice and simple just shows as text the current processor and ram usage, and also various temperature sensors detected in your system.

indicator-sysmonitor 0.3 with temperature sensors

ppa:alexeftimie/ppa and install package indicator-sysmonitor

It is possible to add own scripts for customized output:

preferences dialog

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14.04 users - askubuntu.com/questions/100306/… –  fossfreedom Apr 24 at 12:34

SSHPlus

Category: Network

A simple version of SSHMenu with a list of your regular SSH connections (previously called SSHlist). SSHplus supports sshmenu configuration files, and adds the entries automatically.

sshplus

  1. Download sshplus.py from here

  2. In Terminal make the file executable and copy to /usr/local/bin

    chmod a+rx sshplus.py
    sudo cp sshplus.py /usr/local/bin
    
  3. Create a .sshplus file in home directory and add ssh hosts - one per line

    gedit ~/.sshplus
    

    Configuration example provided here.

    • Run sshplus

    Run Command Alt+F2 and type sshplus.py

    • Optionally add to Startup Programs list so it runs upon login.

Source

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F.lux indicator

Category: Computer health

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f.lux makes your computer screen look like the room you're in, all the time. When the sun sets, it makes your computer look like your indoor lights. In the morning, it makes things look like sunlight again.

ppa:kilian/f.lux and install package fluxgui

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Also have a look at RedShift –  John Nilsson Aug 2 '12 at 19:51
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+1 for Redshift. Works flawlessly on 12.04 LTS. –  Glutanimate Sep 23 '12 at 23:41

Redshift

Category: Computer Health

Redshift adjusts the color temperature of your screen according to your surroundings. This may help your eyes hurt less if you are working in front of the screen at night.

redshift

gtk-redshiftInstall gtk-redshift in Ubuntu Software Centre

Customise Colour Temperature

You can change the colour temperature by adding -t DAY:NIGHT to the Redshift commmand in Startup Applications, here is a popular example:

gtk-redshift -t 6500:5500
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Jupiter

Category: Power management

Discontinued, only works in versions before 13.04.

(Possible workaround)

A really helpful power management indicator. You can use it to change display settings as well as simple power management schemes, or to disable your touchpad or wifi adapter on laptops.
It can either run with the new applet system, or with the old notification area system.

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This little icon has helped me a lot in keeping my laptop's temperature under control.

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Jupiter has now been ported to python and it actually uses an indicator... the screenshot should be updated :) –  Alin Andrei Apr 13 '12 at 11:06

Chars Indicator

Category: Other

Chars indicator is a replacement for the old character applet. It allows you to store characters, which are potentially not available on your keyboard directly, in order to use them conveniently without searching the full chaaracter map (such as fancy unicode chars).

A click on a symbol in the menus copies the selected character to the "middle mouse button" clipboard so it can easily be inserted.

Configuration is really easy: Create a file .indicator-chars in your home dir. Every line in this file represents a set of char (menu items in the main menu) and the single characters are selectable from the corresponding sub-menu.

Screenshot of Chars Indicator in action

Source code

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This software have a bug that you can solve before install it. In this question you'll find the solution. –  Lucio Feb 28 '13 at 19:41

Shutter

Category: Taking and editing screenshots

Shutter is a program for capturing and editing screenshots

Shutter is a feature-rich screenshot program. You can take a screenshot of a specific area, window, your whole screen, or even of a website – apply different effects to it, draw on it to highlight points, and then upload to an image hosting site, all within one window.
~ shutter-project.org

To install it, use the Software Center .install.
Alternatively you can run these commands in a Terminal:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:shutter/ppa
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install shutter

Shutter indicator screenshot

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Tomate

Category: Concentration / Get things done

This is a simple indicator that helps keep concentrated. You start it before a complicated problem and you have to keep concentrated for at least 10 minutes after it becomes green you can continue to work on your problem but you get thing done.

You can find more information about this concentration technique on the official website.

Often when you start to work, you continue and tomate give you feedback of the time it took to fix the task.

tomate

  1. Download the latest version
  2. Extract the files
  3. Run tomate.py

EDIT: If direct download does not work the first time, wait a little and try again. Instead you can also run:

git clone https://git.gitorious.org/~natim/tomate/natim-tomate.git

EDIT 2: You can also install Tomate via the PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:stvs/tomate
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install -y tomate
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Radio Tray

Category: Multimedia

A minimalistic radio player that runs in the notification area. One can also add many other radio stations by adding their URLs.

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This package exists in the repositories. Radiotray, can be installed with this command:

sudo apt-get install radiotray
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Syspeek

Category: System Information

SysPeek is a system monitor indicator that displays CPU usage, memory usage, swap usage, disk usage and network traffic.

syspeek

ppa:emptythevoid/syspeeknew and install package syspeek, with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:emptythevoid/syspeeknew
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install syspeek

Update: SysPeek doesn't work properly with recent Ubuntu versions (and it's not available for Ubuntu versions newer than Precise in the PPA above). Recently, Marco Trevisan ported the indicator to GTK3 and added various fixes - more info WebUpd8. You can download the DEB from HERE.

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Pastie

Category: Clipboard Manager

One of many clipboard managers this is considered to be the pick of the bunch but we will leave opinions to the bloggers as that's their job.

pastie

ppa:hel-sheep/pastie and install package pastie, with these commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:hel-sheep/pastie
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install pastie
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Not available for precise. (Although workarounds are present: xubuntugeek.blogspot.de/2012/05/…) –  math Jul 26 '12 at 7:04

USB Safe Removal

Category: Mounting/Drive Removal

A little appindicator for flash drive safe removal.

usb safe removal

To add this indicator, download & install the deb

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I have updated the links to point to github repo... –  Cas Nov 12 '13 at 12:34
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Was a trivial fix so I forked and created new release. –  Cas Nov 18 '13 at 23:38
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Have you got a usb pen drive attached and mounted. Could try removing ~/.config/indicator-usb. I have enabled issue tracker. –  Cas Nov 19 '13 at 11:36

Keylock Indicator

Category: System Information

This one shows which key locks you have enabled caps, num, scroll etc.

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ppa:tsbarnes/indicator-keylock and install package indicator-keylock

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Brightness indicator

Category: Screen brightness control

With this indicator you can set your screen brightness.

To add this indicator, just add this PPA: https://launchpad.net/~indicator-brightness/+archive/ppa

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Glipper

Category: Clipboard Manager

A clipboard manager for the Gnome desktop, it can store text from both keyboard and mouse so you can easily access the clipboard using a hotkey.

glipper

glipperInstall glipper in Ubuntu Software Centre

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Diodon

Category: Clipboard Manager

Diodon is a lightweight clipboard manager for Linux written in Vala which "aims to be the best integrated clipboard manager for the Gnome/GTK+ desktop".

ppa:diodon-team/stable and install package diodon

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Disper Indicator

Category: Monitor Switching

Disper-indicator provides a simple user interface for Disper. Disper-indicator detects which monitors are currently connected to the computer and provides options to enable single screens, clone or extended screen configurations.

disperind

ppa:nmellegard/disper-indicator-ppa and install package disper-indicator

This indicator requires Disper to be installed

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Lookit

Category: Screen Capture

Lookit is a screen capture tool that can be used to capture an area or the entire screen. After capturing, you can save it on your desktop or upload to a FTP, SSH server or Imgur.

lookit

ppa:lookit/ppa and install package lookit

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Alternatively, you can use Shutter (install) which does this through a Quick List. Once it's installed, drag it to the Unity panel on the left, and right click the icon - it should have these same options, plus more for capturing windows. –  Clay Smalley May 5 '11 at 1:33

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