New Ubuntu Unity Integration!

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Mike Conley

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Mar 3, 2011, 9:54:52 AM3/3/11
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Using the Ubuntu Unity shell? Love Thunderbird? Come check out our
new Ubuntu Unity Messaging Menu integration project!

Come check it out at http://mozillalabs.com/messaging/2011/03/03/new-ubuntu-integration/

Please leave your feedback here! Thanks!

Mike Conley

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Mar 3, 2011, 11:13:41 AM3/3/11
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Just a note that, as it stands, this add-on currently only works within the Ubuntu Unity shell, and is compiled for an i386 architecture.

Mike Conley

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Apr 12, 2011, 3:50:51 PM4/12/11
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I've updated the Ubuntu Unity Messaging Menu integration extension to support both 32 and 64 bit systems.  However, like the Unity Launcher extension, this update now requires the use of Thunderbird 3.3 or higher.

Interested in checking out this extension?  Give it a try!

Here's the original announcement.

Please leave your feedback here.  Thanks!

Rich Renomeron

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Apr 12, 2011, 8:57:09 PM4/12/11
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On 04/12/2011 03:50 PM, Mike Conley wrote:
I've updated the Ubuntu Unity Messaging Menu integration extension to support both 32 and 64 bit systems.  However, like the Unity Launcher extension, this update now requires the use of Thunderbird 3.3 or higher.
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Please leave your feedback here.  Thanks!

I'm very glad to have the messaging menu integration back.  That was something I really missed when I moved to 3.3 full-time.

Two quick comments:
  1. Installing the Messaging Menu extension seems to disable the message count on the Unity Launcher Extension.  Is this on purpose?
  2. I don't seem to get the notifications ("black bubbles") when new mail comes in.  Is there something I need to be (un)setting in the Thunderbird prefs?
Thanks,
Rich

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Mike Conley

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Apr 13, 2011, 9:35:23 AM4/13/11
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Rich:

Hey, thanks for trying out my extension!


> Installing the Messaging Menu extension seems to disable the message count on the Unity Launcher Extension.  Is this on purpose?

Hm.  No, that wasn't on purpose.  You say it disables the message count on the Unity Launcher Extension - you mean that the entire extension is disabled in the add-on manager, or just that the new message count is not appearing?

In either case, does disabling the Messaging Menu extension solve the issue?  Also, what version of the Unity Launcher extension do you have?


> I don't seem to get the notifications ("black bubbles") when new mail comes in.  Is there something I need to be (un)setting in the Thunderbird prefs?

Currently, new mail notifications appear in the lower right hand corner using a XUL widget.  I'm working on getting better integration with libnotify (the black bubbles), and you'll hopefully see that in the 3.3 release.

Thanks,

-Mike

Rich Renomeron

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Apr 14, 2011, 9:59:51 PM4/14/11
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On 04/13/2011 09:35 AM, Mike Conley wrote:
> Installing the Messaging Menu extension seems to disable the message count on the Unity Launcher Extension.  Is this on purpose?

Hm.  No, that wasn't on purpose.  You say it disables the message count on the Unity Launcher Extension - you mean that the entire extension is disabled in the add-on manager, or just that the new message count is not appearing?

Just the new message count; the menu items for Compose & contacts still work.  Sorry if that was unclear.


In either case, does disabling the Messaging Menu extension solve the issue?  Also, what version of the Unity Launcher extension do you have?

Disabling the Messaging Menu did not solve the problem; neither did uninstalling it; although I swear the message count worked before I installed the Messaging Menu extension.  Will have to muck around with alternate profiles when/if I get some time, I guess.  Using version 0.3 of the Launcher extension.

Thanks,
Rich
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Mike Conley

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Apr 15, 2011, 10:50:48 AM4/15/11
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Rich:

Ok, a few other diagnostics - first off, is there a library called
"libunity.so.3" in /usr/lib? If you open up the error console (Tools
> Error Console), is there an error there belonging to either
unitylauncher/overlay.js, or unitylauncher/UnityLauncherLib.jsm that
complains about being unable to load a library?

I ask, because it sounds like the extension is having a hard time
finding the library that it needs to interact with the launcher.

Thanks,

-Mike

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Rich Renomeron

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Apr 15, 2011, 5:10:29 PM4/15/11
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On 04/15/2011 10:50 AM, Mike Conley wrote:
Rich:

Ok, a few other diagnostics - first off, is there a library called
"libunity.so.3" in /usr/lib? 

I don't.  But I do have a libunity.so.4.  But to be fair, the unity packages were just updated in the latest round of updates before I got a chance to look, so I don't know how long I've had it.  I also don't see anything in the error console related to libunity.

Hope this helps.

Rich
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Mike Conley

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Apr 18, 2011, 9:27:10 AM4/18/11
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I don't.  But I do have a libunity.so.4.
Hrm.  Strange.

Try using apt-get to install libunity3, like:  "sudo apt-get install libunity3".  That should, hopefully, resolve the problem.  I'm pretty sure libunity3 is what will ship with Natty, so I'm not exactly sure why you have libunity4.  Regardless, I think this will fix it.

Let me know,

-Mike
 

Rich Renomeron

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Apr 18, 2011, 9:21:54 PM4/18/11
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No such luck:

$ sudo apt-get install libunity3
[sudo] password for renomero: 
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree       
Reading state information... Done
Package libunity3 is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
However the following packages replace it:
  libunity4
E: Package 'libunity3' has no installation candidate

It looks like they renamed the package (and probably the library).    In fact, 'dpkg --status libunity4' shows that it "replaces" libunity3.

Aren't prerelease distributions fun? :)

Thanks,
Rich
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Mike Conley

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Apr 19, 2011, 5:02:35 PM4/19/11
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Alright, well, sounds like I'm going to have to update my extension to work with libunity4.  :)

Thanks for the heads up!  I'll have an update pushed out sometime tomorrow.

-Mike
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Daniel Vanzo

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Jun 28, 2011, 2:49:58 PM6/28/11
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Hi!

I know its an Ubuntu Unity Integration, but are there any chance to have it backported to 10.10?

Regards,

Daniel

Mike Conley

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Jun 29, 2011, 9:37:30 AM6/29/11
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Daniel:

Hey - sorry, there are no plans for backporting to 10.10.

All the best,

-Mike

Daniel Vanzo

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Jun 30, 2011, 9:59:59 AM6/30/11
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Anyway, good job!!!!

All the best too!!!

Daniel

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Dec 26, 2012, 12:08:04 PM12/26/12
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Dear Mike.
Thank you for you add-on.

I was just a little confused or missed something. Is there any way to run Thunderbird in background with full support of Messaging Menu integration?  Because, right now Thunderbird icon is always somewhere around: in unity app dock, quick-start etc. I would probably want to have Thunderbird being running completely in background with new massage notification from Messaging Menu.

Sincerely,
Pavel.
 

 
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