what is the difference between this and the notification area?
To understand what went into this decision, please read:
And also, is any tiny difference in scope between these two applets worth the increase in complexity and screen real-estate (since both will have to be used for the foreseeable future), the fact that many applications will have to be rewritten to use the new indicator, and the fact that this applet doesn't use an open standard and so doesn't work with KDE programs or other programs? I just want to know the process that went into this decision. Was it done by committee because there's some extremely compelling yet unknown reason for using this new model, or was it (as I'm guessing) an arbitrary decision by one person with commit rights who thought it would be 'cool'? It's obviously too late to be removed from Jaunty, but this really needs to be rethought for the next release.