One of the first things I noticed on upgrading to Karmic was that notifications were lower than they were in Jaunty.
Like most people, at first, I thought this was a bug. The short answer is — it isn’t. The devs, in their infinite wisdom, think its better this way — the “top slot” for notifications is reserved for synchronous notifications, such as brightness and volume.
Again, like most people, I completely disagree with the change — I think notifications hovering in the upper third of my screen are annoying, get in my way, and look sloppy. If they are worried about synchronous notifications moving around, they should centre them on the screen, like on a Mac — not move everything else around.
Anyway, Julien Lavergne has cooked up a quick patch for notify-osd that reverts back to the old behaviour. What’s more, he’s compiled notify-osd with the patch incorporated, so we can automatically use it.
To make use of his patch, and have it automatically kept up-to-date, you’ll need to add a new software source. You can do that with this one-liner in a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gilir/updates
Then do an update through Update Manager, or through
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade.
And — there you go: