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Is there any way to make Thunderbird notify me of new messages without having it in the Unity Launcher. Just like some small notification in the upper bar or like the notification boxes that appear in the upper right corner and disappear after a couple of seconds.

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mail-notify can take care of thunderbird no? – Bruno Pereira Oct 26 '11 at 19:52
No, mail-notify does not correct this. – Luis Alvarado Nov 21 '11 at 19:21
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You appear to want to check email (POP3, IMPA4, social networking) without Thunderbird (or similar) being visible (or running).

I suggest you look at an applet like: Popper

Popper – Feature-filled e-Mail notification applet for Ubuntu

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