Moving from Tomboy to Gnote in Ubuntu 12.04

Gnote in the tray

Yesterday I updated from Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04. As usual, I did a completely fresh install, only copying over the things I still need. Tomboy is at the top of that list, so I copied over my ~/.local/share/tomboy/ directory. I read that Gnote is now the preferred replacement for Tomboy, so I installed it and was pleased to see that it read in my Tomboy notes automatically. But it didn’t put an icon in my tray, and that was my favourite Tomboy feature. To get the tray icon back, I did the following:

Fisrt, I added gnote to the systray whitelist:

gsettings set com.canonical.Unity.Panel systray-whitelist "['JavaEmbeddedFrame', 'Wine', 'Update-notifier', 'gnote']"

Next, I set Gnote to auto-start:

mkdir ~/.config/autostart
cp /usr/share/applications/gnote.desktop ~/.config/autostart/
chmod u+x ~/.config/autostart/gnote.desktop

Finally, I turned on the tray icon in Gnote itself: Edit → Preferences → Use Status Icon. After logging out and back in, Gnote started up in the tray just the way Tomboy used to.

5 thoughts on “Moving from Tomboy to Gnote in Ubuntu 12.04”

  1. I have installed gnote and I cant access add ins, I open the tab and I cant select anything. I have no idea how to solve that problem.

    1. Sorry, I don’t have any idea what could be going wrong there. My “Add-ins” tab is working fine, and I didn’t need to do anything special.

  2. For setting Gnote to autostart a simpler solution is:

    1. Go to “startup applications”. Type startup in dash and follow
    2. Click on Add
    3. Click on browse. Select /usr/bin/gnote
    4. Write anything appropriate in the name and comment section.
    its done !!

    For any startup program, similar procedure can be followed !

  3. I just found out about Gnote and am glad that it was a perfect replacement for TomBoy notes. Thanks for the help with setting up the tray icon. I was getting frustrated with figuring that one out. Now to find a way to sync with Ubuntu Cloud…

    Thanks for the information!!


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