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KDE Improvement

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Homepage:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  3921
Submitted:  Dec 15 2009
Updated:  May 15 2013


What is it?
Colibri provides an alternative to KDE4 Plasma notifications.

Colibri notifications look lighter and are completely passive: they do not provide any buttons. You may or may not like this.

Since they are completely passive, they smoothly fade away when you mouse over them, allowing you to interact with any window behind them.

They also do not stack each others: if multiple notifications happen, they will be shown one at a time.


You need kdelibs >= 4.4.

Colibri can be configured from its System Settings module.
If you need help follow the setup howto at http://gitorious.org/colibri/pages/SetupHowto.

A bit of history

Passive notifications for Plasma first appeared as "Ayatana notifications", an alternative notification system I implemented in Kubuntu Karmic as part of my work for Canonical.

Ayatana notifications were implemented as a patch against the systemtray applet. Colibri is based on this work, but does not require patching any applet.

Colibri contains code I wrote for Canonical, but it is not a Canonical product.


2013.05.14 - 0.3.0
- Bring back drop shadows in KDE SC 4.10
- Use KMessageWidget in KCM
- Remove blank lines between concatenated notifications
- Moved to kde.org git repository

2011.09.25 - 0.2.2
- Plug three small mem leaks. Should also fix a rare crasher. (Aurélien Gâteau)

- Brasilian Portuguese (Caio Romão)
- Slovakian (Slavko)
- Italian (Federico Chiacchiaretta)
- Czech (Pavel Fric)
- Spanish (gejo)

2010.08.06 - 0.2.1
- Disable KWin shadows.
- Quit if we can't register as the notification handler.

2010.08.05 - 0.2.0
New features
- When a second notification arrives from the same application, using the same title, append it to the existing notification.
- Notifications use blurred background on KDE 4.5.
- Notifications use a background halo behind text, similar to what Plasma tooltips do since KDE 4.4, as well as the Plasma theme foreground color.
- Implemented support for the replacesId parameter.
- It is now possible to specify the screen where the notifications will appear.
- A "Preview" button has been added to the KCM.
- It is now possible to start Colibri from within the KCM.
- Turkish translation by Ozan Çağlayan.
- German translation by Michael Gangolf.
- Serbian translation for desktop file by Mladen Pejaković.

- KCM is now translatable.
- The KCM has moved (again!) to the notification group.
- Use an autostart file to start Colibri instead of relying on the DBus service
system. This solves file conflict problems with other notification systems and
ensures Colibri is started when the first KDE notification is sent.
- Fixed linking with gold.

2010.02.16 - 0.1.1
- Moved the KCM to the Desktop category.
- Emit the NotificationClosed() signal when a notification is closed. This fixes double notifications from Banshee.
- Implement the CloseNotification() method.

2009.12.15 - 0.1.0
- First release.

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 Internalization support

 by pejakm on: Feb 17 2010
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Internalization support (translations) would be nice to have.

Serbian translation strings for "colibri.desktop":

Name[sr]=Колибри обавештења
Name[sr@latin]=Kolibri obaveštenja

Comment[sr]=Подешавање Колибри обавештења
Comment[sr@latin]=Podešavanje Kolibri obaveštenja

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 Re: Internalization support

 by bk12 on: Feb 18 2010
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Thanks! I just integrated them.

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 Very nice

 by cyberbeat on: Feb 17 2010
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Thanks for your work. I replaced my notifications with colibri and love these notifications much more!

Only problem was the install: I generated a RPM with CPACK, but that conflicted against another packacke because of the dbus-service-file. Is there a possible way (for packagers) to generate packages, that do not conflict with the present service-file?

By the way: I think developers on kde-apps should by default include CPACK-code like


into their CMakeLists.txt, and drop a few lines describing how easy to create a package after compiling, like "cpack -G RPM"

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 Re: Very nice

 by bk12 on: Feb 18 2010
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The service file is a problematic indeed. You can rename it (dbus does not care about the name), but then you may end up with two implementations of the same service, and in this case dbus picks the first one it finds :/

I'll have a look at these CPack lines.

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 A couple of issues

 by Montblanc on: Feb 18 2010
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Colibri notifications are really beautiful, but I noticed a couple of misfunctions:

When Nepomuk displays the now indexing notification, I see them in a white box on the center of the screen. They're not where I specified them to be (on the upper-right), neither they are drawn by Plasma. It's just like a buttonless Qt notification.

The second one is a Firefox issue. Its notifications were replaced by Plasma notifications, but after installing Colibri, they're back to classic Firefox notifications.

I know it's not easy for you to create a notification system from scratch and make it better than the original one, but I've decided to put my trust in Colibri and I'll keep following your updates!

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 Re: A couple of issues

 by bk12 on: Feb 18 2010
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About Nepomuk: this is probably because Nepomuk is started before Colibri. Not sure how to fix it.

About Firefox: this extension may help:
(I did not test it)

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 Re: Re: A couple of issues

 by Montblanc on: Feb 19 2010
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About Nepomuk: we should be able to change the Colibri service priority on runlevel. Is this even possible?

About Firefox: Thank you. I downloaded that extension and hacked its compatibility against Firefox 3.6, but notifications simply disappeared. I don't know if it's due to the wrong extension compatibility or to dbus messages not being correctly interpreted by Colibri.

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 Re: Re: Re: A couple of issues

 by Montblanc on: Feb 21 2010
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About Nepomuk (AGAIN!): I made a small script that makes colibri start before KDE, and Nepomuk notifications are just GONE! Other notifications are fine, though.

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 Link is wrong

 by musonio on: Feb 18 2010
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I believe the link to the source package is wrong. Should it perhaps be:

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 Re: Link is wrong

 by bk12 on: Feb 18 2010
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Weird. I uploaded it again. Thanks for reporting that problem.

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 by Israphel on: Feb 20 2010
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I upgraded KDE in Kubuntu Karmic and Ayatana stopped working.

So I compiled Colibri and I can see the position settings in SystemSettings, but I don't see any notification, just the classic KDE ones.

Have I to "disable" something or what?

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 Re: Karmic

 by Schiwi on: Feb 20 2010
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you have to uncheck the "Application notifications" box
Look at the README

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 Re: Re: Karmic

 by Israphel on: Feb 22 2010
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Mmm, now I don't see any of them.

Kmess starts using his own notifications.

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 Bad look with kde 4.4

 by gnumdk on: Feb 21 2010
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Colibri doesn't fit with kde 4.4 desktop.

In kde 4.4, plasma popup have a small white shadow overs black fonts to make it readable with transparancy...

This feature is missing in colibri.

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