Ubuntu 9.04, the next version of the Linux desktop due in April, will definitely feature the new unified, transparent desktop notifications. But non-bleeding-edge Ubuntu users can get them now.
Ubuntu blogger Stefano Forenza adds onto another Ubuntu hacker's tutorial to give you the step-by-step terminal instructions needed to get the new notification systems on your Ubuntu desktop. The switch isn't permanent, of course, and Forenza details how to install, test, uninstall, and replace your current notifications with the unified system for Jaunty Jackalope (boy, does that name still hurt our ears). He also notes the system's limitations with apps that provide button-based feedback; in short, it's not a happy compromise, at least at this point. In other Future-Buntu news, Ubuntu 9.10 (due for October 2009), "Karmic Koala," has been officially announced and given a few missions: a heavy focus on cloud computing and netbook powers (few specifics mentioned); faster, streamlined boot-up; and, perhaps most overdue and welcoming, a total re-theme that will offer something beyond the long-running brown/orange, love/hate scheme Ubuntu fans are so familiar with at this point. Digging the Linux distro's focus on looks and alerts? Got your own list of must-haves for the Koala? Share 'em in the comments.