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I am using Ubuntu 11.10 and I recently installed Gnome 3. I miss the Banshee unity plugin for the system tray I was wondering how to incorporate that into the system tray for Gnome.

That is probably the only thing that I miss from Unity. I would hate to go back to it just for that unity plug-in. Or if there was a way to pick and choose what I liked about unity while still using Gnome that would be good too.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Do you mean you want to add integration for Gnome Shell? Unity is run on Gnome 3 as well. –  Dason Oct 31 '11 at 13:56
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Yes you can! Here is a "how to" on how you install the extension:

http://www.webupd8.org/2011/10/gnome-shell-mediaplayer-extension.html

As it says at the bottom of the post you also need to install gnome-tweak-tool to be able to activate it.

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you have to install a third party plugin to control the player from the top-bar sound menu

First of all make sure to have GNOME Tweak Tool (sudo apt-get install gnome-tweak-tool), then install the plugin itself:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webupd8team/gnome3
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-shell-extensions-mediaplayer

Relog and activate the plugin through GNOME Tweak Tool (aka: Advanced Settings) -> Shell Extensions

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