I noticed that Ubuntu 19.10 shows app status, a.k.a. tray icons, in the top right corner, which I don't see in a regular GNOME desktop. What does Ubuntu use for those?

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Ubuntu ships a GNOME Shell extension called Ubuntu AppIndicators (package name: gnome-shell-extension-appindicator) which is activated by default in a standard Ubuntu session.

Note that this extension is a fork of the KStatusNotifierItem/AppIndicator Support extension.

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