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I would also want the "unread" count to appear next to the notification icon.

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gm-notify - A simple and lightweight highly Ubuntu 9.04 integrated GMail Notifier which takes advantages of the new and nice notify-osd and indicator-applet.

Setup and configuration gm-notify

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It does not show the "unread" count as I have asked. – jldupont Sep 23 '09 at 15:05

I use CheckGmail, it:

  • Notifies on New Mail
  • Previews New Messages
  • Open New Messages (without a browser)
  • Can Blink LEDs (I think that's cool.)

While unread count isn't part of the icon, it shows when you hover.

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If you're only considering to check webmail like Gmail and you've got Firefox running anyway, then an alternative is to give the popular Firefox add-on Webmail Notifier a try.
It features multiple account checking, and also settings for displaying unread mail counts. An icon will appear in the bottom right corner of Firefox's statusbar. Left/right clicking gives you options like unread count, and opening your Gmail inbox in a tab.

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Thanks but I am running Chrome + the reason I am asking is that my browser window is on a different virtual desktop. – jldupont Sep 23 '09 at 16:15

Gmail Notifier Firefox extension shows the in box and unread mails information


Have look on this link

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Still no "unread" count in the desktop notification icon... – jldupont Sep 23 '09 at 16:39

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