Saturday, October 26, 2013

I decided to try out the new Ubuntu version and once again - system-wise everything is perfect, user-experience and GUI is disappointing. The real competition between Ubuntu (or any other linux distribution for the common user) will begin when their creators are driven by ease of use, user friendliness and optimized settings right out of the box. You can't expect users to fully love an OS when they need to set up so many little annoying things. They are already set up for them in the Win$..
Anyways, since the whitelist has been removed in Ubuntu 13.10 (which I was pretty surprised about) you will need to work some magic with the terminal.

What you need to install (step by step):

1. Open up a terminal
2. Add a repository:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mc3man/sacy-tests
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade

3. Set the whitelist settings to "all" like this:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['all']"
(type the line exact as shown including the brackets and parents)

4. Reboot
sudo reboot

Next time you start skype or any other program that has a systray icon it will appear correctly. This method has been tested and is working as shown on screenshot bellow.



  1. A new blogpost for the people having troubles with skype (and other) systray icons in Ubuntu 13.10

  2. The old system tray was retired back in 13.4. And as you might have noticed, when you download Skype, it was built for 12.4. Software in the official repo for 13.10 will work with the new system tray.

    Using software outside of the official repo is not recommended, and one should not expect it to integrate smoothly with the system. Especially when the program is owned by Microsoft - Skype for Linux is after all notorious for being neglected and kept at a barely-functioning state.

    However, most of us unfortunately need to use Skype, and I'd like to point out that there is a fix that doesn't use a risky third-party repo. Simply type in the following in the terminal (or search for "sni:qt" in the Software Center):
    sudo apt-get install sni-qt:i386

    1. Thanks for the solution Kristian! It's always good to share your know-how :)

  3. Its such a nice and great post you shared. Its a very informative post and very useful for me. Thanks alot
    Skype Technical Help please visit the link.

    Lacy Brown


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