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I am using Ubuntu 11.04 and I want to replace the notifyOSD with the XFCE version (I like how you can dismiss the notification). I had a look in Synaptic and saw that there was a notifyosd-xfce but when I clicked install Syanptic wanted to remove the Gnome Desktop.

How do I add this without messing everything up?

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The package name is xfce4-notifyd and it will only remove notify-osd (as they cannot co-exist) and the ubuntu-desktop metapackage. Latter one won't harm your system, but it has some downsides, see: What are the downsides of removing ubuntu-desktop metapackage?

That said: I don't know if xfce4-notifyd does what you want, but trying it won't hurt your system, as you can always go back by re-installing the ubuntu-desktop metapackage.

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  • Oh cool, thanks for the answer I think I will stick with the native notifications.
    – Dobbie03
    Commented Jun 22, 2011 at 5:37
  • As of Ubuntu 15.10, both notification daemon packages can be installed at the same time, but notify-osd will win and be in control of the notifications. So you'll have to remove it: sudo apt-get remove notify-osd and sudo killall notify-osd (or logout and login).
    – tanius
    Commented Mar 12, 2016 at 15:25

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