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I wanted to ask if it were possible to configure the unity search results in this way:

  • installed programs are always shown expanded.
  • programs "ready for installation" are removed and not included in the search.

I am sure ŕemoving the search and display for not installed programs will speed up the search and save valuable screenspace (I'm on a Dell Mini here).

Why installed programs aren't shown in the first place is a mystery to me.

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I suggest that you bring this up on the Ayatana mailing list - for more on what Ayatana does look at this question – James Aug 10 '11 at 13:57

Both of these are currently unconfigurable in Unity in 11.10 and 11.04, sorry.

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