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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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Clipit

Category: Clipboard Manager

A Parcellite fork that uses an Ubuntu appindicator and also comes with some other fixes and improvements.

ppa:shantzu/clipit and install package clipit

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In Ubuntu 12.04: sudo apt-get install clipit. No need to add ant repository :) –  AlikElzin-kilaka Jul 22 '12 at 22:01

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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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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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

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

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

Mounty

Category: Mounting/Drive Removal

Mounty is a very simple indicator applet you can use to mount CD / DVD images. It supports ISO, IMG, BIN, MDF and NRG and besides mounting, it can also burn the images to a CD/DVD.

ppa:tldm217/tahutek.net and install package mounty

Follow the directions on this page: https://launchpad.net/mounty

You can get the .deb package by running

sudo add-apt-repository "deb http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss / #SKSS"
wget http://download.learnfree.eu/repository/skss/repo.pub.asc -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -
sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install mounty

This is the official Mounty repository

The original PPA no longer works for some reason but this did the trick.

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Battery Status

Category: System Information

An applet capable of displaying detailed information about the battery.

ppa:iaz/battery-status and install package battery-status

To run Battery Status as an indicator applet in Ubuntu: (More Info)

/usr/lib/battery-status/battery-status --indicator

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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

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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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

Feed Indicator

Category: RSS Feeds

Panel-based RSS reader

To add this indicator, download & install the deb

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Google Reader Indicator

Category: RSS Feeds

UPDATE: Google Reader is now discontinued.

Google Reader Indicator displays the number of unread items in your Reader account along with article title and excerpt. Click on an article will open it in your default browser.

ppa:atareao/atareao and install package google-reader-indicator

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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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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

Caffeine

Category: Power Management

Caffeine helps prevent Ubuntu from ‘sleeping’.

enter image description here

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

DesktopNova Indicator

Category: Wallpaper Control

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This applet works in tandem with the wallpaper changer DesktopNova.

ppa:michael-astrapi/ppa and install packages desktopnova & indicator-desktopnova

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DisPlex

Category: Window Manager Switching

displex

Displex provides similar functionality to "fusion-icon" but provides a lot more features. It can control window decorations, screen rotation through Xrandr, switch between Metacity or Compiz compositing, provide AcerHK support and more.

To add this indicator, download & install the deb

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Haguichi Appindicator

Category: Networking

image

This applet provides indicator support to Haguichi, a popular Hamachi GUI for Gnome.

ppa:webupd8team/haguichi and install package haguichi-appindicator

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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

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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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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Touchpad Indicator

Category: System

If you have a touchpad on your laptop that you want to toggle on and off then you will need this.

enter image description here

ppa:atareao/atareao and install package touchpad-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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Workspaces Indicator

Category: Workspace

A little indicator to make it easy to switch workspaces.

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ppa:geod/ppa-geod and install package indicator-workspaces

Note: Does not currently have a 11.10 repository. See this answer on how to install in 11.10.

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Glippy

Category: Clipboard Manager

A simple clipboard manager for Ubuntu that provides clipboard support for history, images, text and more.

glippy

ppa:bikooo/glippy and install packages glippy & glippy-ubuntu-mono

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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

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

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