Ever since I upgraded to 11.04 and started to use Unity I've been bothered by the time it takes to load Gnote. In 10.10 I used Gnome and the Gnote plugin for the Gnome panel which had Gnote loaded in the background so that e.g. opening a new note in Gnote took no time at all.

What I'm looking for in Unity is a way to make Gnote load faster or a way to make Gnote behave as if it loaded faster. I can think of two ways to do this:

  1. Preload Gnote so that it starts faster whenever I decide to start it.
  2. Automatically start Gnote minimized every time Unity starts.

I think the second option is the best bet since there's AFAIK no way to preload Gnote

Just add gnote to your gnome-session-properties (Startup Applications in Settings) or do this:

cp /usr/share/applications/gnote.desktop ~/.config/autostart/
chmod u+x ~/.config/autostart/gnote.desktop

Edit: To use Gnote system tray icon, you have to whitelist it first. Use the following command (based on this question):

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "$(gsettings get com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist | sed -e "s/]$/, 'gnote']/")"

You can find more information on systray-whitelist in this post.

Changes will take effect after reloading Unity (logging out or executing unity --replace).

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  • Does this start Gnote minimized? – N.N. Jun 14 '11 at 10:07
  • Yes, it starts only Gnote status icon. – jnv Jun 14 '11 at 10:32
  • I have tried both of your suggestions and neither starts Gnote minimized in Unity. – N.N. Jun 14 '11 at 10:44
  • I see. Have you whitelisted it in system tray? – jnv Jun 14 '11 at 10:47
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    Also you have to turn on the status icon in the Gnote application itself for this to work. To do this you open Gnote and go to Edit > Preferences, then check the 'Use Status Icon' check box. – Mark Locklear Feb 7 '13 at 13:59

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