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KDE Improvement

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Homepage:  Link
Minimum required   KDE 4.x
Downloads:  3923
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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 by livio on: Feb 22 2010
Score 50%

But why no actions? Canonical is promoting something, what's completely senseless for me: notifications which I can't do anything with: not clickable, with no way to response them...

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 Re: Actions

 by bk12 on: Feb 23 2010
Score 50%

Reasons for not using actions on notifications are:
- it avoids the "urge to respond": you are not stressed by having to click on a button before it goes away because there is no button
- it allows for click-through

As I said, you may or may not like this. If you don't it's totally fine, just use the default Plasma notifications.

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 Kubuntu 9.10/KDE 4.4

 by Tumsa on: Feb 25 2010
Score 50%

Hi, I'm using Kubuntu 9.10 with KDE 4.4 and I'm trying to get the Ayatana/Colibri notifications back. I installed the .deb package provided here but it still doesn't work for me. What else do I need to do?

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 Re: Kubuntu 9.10/KDE 4.4

 by bk12 on: Feb 25 2010
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Have you followed the instruction from the README file? It should be in the deb, but you can also find it here:


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 Re: Re: Kubuntu 9.10/KDE 4.4

 by Tumsa on: Feb 25 2010
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Oh, I didn't see the README file. I followed it and now it works! Beautiful, thanks a lot!

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 Firefox notifications

 by Montblanc on: Feb 26 2010
Score 63%

Colibri is working great with "Plasma Notify" extension!


As far as I know, this is the only extension that works with Colibri.

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 nice but still bit intrusive..

 by takanowaka on: Mar 2 2010
Score 50%

hi.. first of all i want to thank you for providing alternative to existing notifications system ;) i don't know if this is final state of your work but from my point of view there are still some things that i'd like to change

imo notifications/job transfers shouldn't interfere with your work.. so in my case i really don't want to see them when i'm working with other application (especially the fullscreen one). i'd prefer to see only notifications/job transfers for application that i'm currently using and others (background ones) should be marked as unread and moved directly to some kind of history stack (job transfers could/should be revived when application comes to foreground). i think this would require some kind of possibility to browse history stack and seeing number of unread notifications in system tray

anyway i hope you find some of my ideas interesting and maybe you'll implement them in your notifications system ;) cheers

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 Colibri in Lucid Lynx

 by Schiwi on: Mar 6 2010
Score 50%

Colibri is now in the Universe section of Lucid

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 Re: Colibri in Lucid Lynx

 by bk12 on: Mar 8 2010
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Good news! Thanks for the information, I didn't notice it was in!

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 by Mguel on: Mar 8 2010
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Colibri (as Ayatana) is great... and so much better than kde ugly and intrusive notification system.


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