Let me start off by saying how much I love opensource software. I especially like using Linux on my desktop. Not just because it is different and sexy, but also because it is just about as problematic as any other OS (ie. Windows, Mac) but it doesn't cost me a dime. If I am going to pay for software I expect the damn thing to work. If I get software for free I don't expect much at all. Linux (specifically Ubuntu) has exceeded all my expectations. I do have some minor problems I'd like to get sorted out however.
First, Thunderbird is an amazing email client and the only one that works well with IMAP and gmail. I mean the ONLY one. Seriously, not even Apple's Mail.app is up to the task (not last time I checked). That would be fine but Thunderbird is missing one key component, new mail notification. Now I feel I must clarify that a bit. An email client should be always open/active in the background. Not minimized in the task bar but in a system tray or notification area. Thankfully there is an addon that will offer this functionality on Windows and it works on Linux as well (though it is buggy).
However one thing is still missing, unread email count. A brief onscreen notification of new mail might be handy if you happen to be sitting at your PC but when I return to my desk I want to see (without clicking anything) exactly how many unread email messages I have. Again, this is an integral feature that I think every body wants and every email client should have but Mozilla refuses to put it in their program. WTF. When I installed Thunderbird on my MacBook it automatically showed an unread email count with the icon on the dock. No need to install any addon or anything. I don't know if I get a notification (like through growl or anything) for new mail but that doesn't really matter. If I see a number in a green circle over Thunderbird's icon I know I need to check my email. That is how email programs are suppose to work. Thank you Apple (or Mozilla or whoever made this work).
All of this lead me to a neat app for Ubuntu called Docky. I have tried so many ways to get Thunderbird to stay open in a sys tray or something with a new message count and this is the only one that works. I just installed Docky, and added the "Docky Unread Count" addon to Thunderbird. I'm not about to let Docky go because it is the only thing that working for me. But I would like to iron out some issues with it.
First, I can't launch a file browser from it and second, I don't like the anchor icon. Hey if you guys are trying to rip off Apple's Dock why not go all the way? Instead of an anchor icon that launches preferences there should be a file browser link (like Apple's "Finder"). How can I do this? I tried to remove the anchor icon using the instructions here (http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2010/04/r...rom-docky.html) but it doesn't work. Any suggestions? Thank You.