An update on System Tray, Plasma Next ("KDE 5") and GTK+

Kevin Kofler kevin.kofler at
Tue Jun 10 23:26:31 UTC 2014


Quoting from Marco Martin's blog post:
(Annotations from me are enclosed in parentheses.)

> You may have heard that KDE Plasma Next won’t support anymore the old
> X11,Xembed-based systemtray icons.

(KDE Plasma Next is the next major version of the KDE workspace(s), to
replace the current KDE Plasma 4 workspace(s). In particular, the new
version is scheduled to replace KDE Plasma Desktop 4 in Fedora 22.)

> (More information here
> [])

(I already posted a message to this mailing list back then.)

> Years ago, we developed a nicer, model/view based alternative in which is
> the shell that actually draws the systemtray icon, allowing better
> integration with the workspace, it’s a specification that is now shared
> between KDE and Ubuntu Unity.
> All KDE applications use it already, Qt4/Qt5-only application will use it
> depending on a small patch (and soon Qt5 will do out of the box)
> But also GTK has some options: until today I was aware only about the
> Ubuntu’s appindicator library [], but
> I have just been contacted by the author of another neat library, that can
> be found here on GitHub [].
> It’s a very small, few dependencies GObject-based library that allows a
> GTK3 application to export and control a statusnotifier-based systemtray
> icon. I just tested it on KDE4 and Plasma Next and seems to work quite
> well.
> So if you have a GTK application that is using a systemtray icon, and you
> would like the icon to be integrated in the next version of Plasma as
> well, now you have an option more (and of course, the author will be happy
> of any patch/bugreport/bugfix).

(Short version: If you maintain a GTK+ application that uses system tray
icons, please work with upstream on getting it ported to either or by Fedora 22 at the latest, or
enable existing upstream support ASAP.)

        Kevin Kofler

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