According to this posting here, 13.04 will finally disable the support for tray icons by taking away the idea of whitelisting applications for tray icon usage.

My problem is that I have to use several applications that don't care about unity (for example: IBM sametime and Lotus notes; Symantec Antivirus).

Please note that these are all "true" Linux versions of the corresponding products. I can't say if they are supported officially on Ubuntu; but they run fine ... without using Wine for example. So, that Wine tray icons still work doesn't help these applications.

Just wondering: is there any back door that I am not aware of? Like, some generic indicator that could be configured to wrap around the no longer supported tray icons?

closed as off topic by user25656, Seth, Florian Diesch, hhlp, qbi Feb 24 '13 at 22:54

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    You should ask this again when 13.04 is released. I read on some websites people making the same argument but the main comment was: BM sametime, Lotus notes; Symantec Antivirus should alter their software so get in line with Ubuntu's method. – Rinzwind Feb 11 '13 at 15:24
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    Lot's more here: New Unity, whitelist disabled = bad. – user25656 Feb 11 '13 at 16:27
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    This issue is subject to this lengthy bug-report - should be interesting to see how this pan's out: – fossfreedom Feb 11 '13 at 16:38