Why does Gnome Shell not have AppIndicator support by default?

Asked by Wise Melon on 2015-07-22

I have recently installed Ubuntu Gnome running Gnome Shell (I switched from Unity), and I have recently noticed that by default there is no AppIndicator support. And to get it you have to go and install some extension: https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/615/appindicator-support/

So my question is this, why does Gnome Shell not have AppIndicator support by default as I would have thought it to be such an important thing to have?

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actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

You were using Gnome when you were using Unity. Gnome is a desktop environment. Unity is a shell. Unity does not replace Gnome. Gnome has always been the default desktop environment in Ubuntu (Until the Unity-next desktop is made, then Gnome will be out).

You can install Lubuntu and then install Compiz and Unity and switch out OpenBox (The default window manager in LXDE) for Compiz and use Unity in LXDE.

Do you mean you are using Gnome shell and the desktop looks a bit like this:

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Wise Melon (wise-melon-deactivatedaccount) said :

Yes, that is what I meant, I am using Gnome Shell, and the desktop does look a bit like that.

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Best actionparsnip (andrew-woodhead666) said :

Then you simply switched shell. The desktop is the same.

You could report a bug and suggest having the plugin by default.

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Wise Melon (wise-melon-deactivatedaccount) said :

Thanks actionparsnip, that solved my question.