I was looking for a way to get gnome style notifications in Unity. Or at least, if there´s a way of making the default Unity notifications interactive and clickable? As it is by default only a notification pops up and the user needs to find the relevant window, which I find very counterproductive.
Sorry, this is not possible.
Ubuntu's notification system, NotifyOSD, as used by Unity, is designed to be un-clickable, in order to simplify the experience and not confuse users. There is no way to change that.
Gnome Shell, on the other hand, uses another built-in notification system that behaves differently to NotifyOSD, as explained in this LXNews article
You can have clickable notification with Unity.
Tested with 12.10, 13.04, 13.10, 14.04, 14.10, 16.04 (thanks @ManseUK).
What we want
Notification are supposed to non-obstrusive, non-disrupting of your train of thought, and provide a shortcut when relevant.
Default notification engine is notify-osd.
- notifications are not clickable (which hurts efficiency for those that offer to quickly bring you to the place of interest).
- when several happen quickly, they queue and appear only one after the other : no way to see them quickly, you just have to ... wait.
Current XFCE notifications on the other hand implement just that, and they can be used with Unity. I just tested it with a separate account (default config) to rule out any user-specific settings.
Here's how install and use XFCE4's notifications instead of Unity's:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-notifyd ; sudo apt-get purge notify-osd
To get immediate effect this may help (else logout/login):
killall -v notify-osd /usr/lib/*/xfce4/notifyd/xfce4-notifyd &
You might want to test and adjust appearance: