I am running a GUI-enabled Ubuntu 11.10 Server installation using Gnome Classic. I have just one panel which has the following items:

Power button
A few launchers
Workspace switcher
Notification area

My problem is that the notification area, which I want there for background services icons (SpiderOak etc) also includes a Volume Control and a Microphone Volume Control icon, neither or which is required. How do I get rid of these?

I have searched around and found some references to an Indicator Applet, which appears to be different from the Notification Area applet, but I don't find it in the list of options to add to my panel when I Win-Alt-Right-Click the panel. Not sure if I should be trying to install that rather than Notification Area?

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By default only 'indicator-applet-complete' is available in the new gnome, but you can install more tailored indicator applets:

sudo apt-get install indicator-applet indicator-applet-session

Perhaps these can give you what you want.

  • $ sudo apt-get install indicator-applet-complete Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Unable to locate package indicator-applet-complete
    – user78371
    Jul 27, 2012 at 14:16
  • sudo apt-get install indicator-applet Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package indicator-applet is not available, but is referred to by another package. This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or is only available from another source E: Package 'indicator-applet' has no installation candidate
    – user78371
    Jul 27, 2012 at 14:21
  • get the same error for indicator-applet-session as indicator-applet
    – user78371
    Jul 27, 2012 at 14:22

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