gm-notify Displays Gmail Notifications In Ubuntu With Bubble Messages

gm-notify (Gmail Notifier) is a lightweight app-indicator for Ubuntu which integrates with the system tray to provide Gmail notifications. gm-notify is designed to utilize notify-osd and indicator-applet to deliver seamless integration and bubble message pop-ups. Hence, it works quite well for the newer versions of Ubuntu such as 10.10 and 11.04. What makes gm-notify better than other applications of its kind (such as the previously reviewed CheckGmail) is that it uses Canonical’s notify-osd on-screen-display notification agent, with semi-transparent click-through bubbles. Notify OSD presents these notifications as ephemeral overlays, which can be clicked through to avoid obstruction during work.

Ubuntu 10.10 and 11.04 users can install gm-notify from the Ubuntu Software Center; the Launchpad package (link given at end of this post) or by entering the following command in the Terminal.

sudo apt-get install gm-notify

As mentioned by the developer, gm-notify will not run on very old Ubuntu systems. However, Ubuntu 10.04 users can install gm-notify from the below PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gm-notify-maintainers/ppa
sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get install gm-notify

Once installed, launch gm-notify from the Unity Dash and login with your Gmail credentials.

Once done, gm-notify will integrate with the system tray and allow you to access your Inbox and provide a display of unread email count.

System tray

Notifications for new mails will be displayed in the form of click-through bubble messages.

messages

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About Alyse Kalish

Alyse Kalish
As an Associate Editor for The SalesJobInfo, Alyse is proud to prove that yes, English majors can change the world. She calls many places home, including Illinois where she grew up and the small town of Hamilton where she attended Colgate University, but she was born to be a New Yorker. In addition to being an avid writer, Alyse loves to dance, both professionally and while waiting for the subway.

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