I was wondering, is there any way to get an on-screen notification when a new email is received, like in Google talk.

  • Have you set up your mail account in Thunderbird? Thunderbird uses desktop notifications when you receive a new email. Nov 28, 2011 at 15:35
  • @UriHerrera but thunderbird also needs to be running.
    – RolandiXor
    Nov 28, 2011 at 16:02
  • but doesn't it run the background? Nov 28, 2011 at 16:04
  • @UriHerrera no.
    – RolandiXor
    Nov 28, 2011 at 16:04

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That type of program is known as biff, so that might help in searching. Here is a biff that works on Gnome for Gmail: cGmail

  • cGmail doesn't work for me bro :(
    – Asanka400
    Nov 29, 2011 at 14:13

there are a lot of applications that can do it. try it all and see what works for you the best.

my recommendation is:


There are various applications in the software centre that can do this. Search for "gmail", and then check your list of options, and choose one.

I have tried gmail-watcher and others, and all pretty much do the same job, and do it well :).

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