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Because of Gnome 2.10's metacity focus stealing prevention feature, I would not notice new messaes in open gaim conversation windows. Since I have an IBM Thinkpad with a Thinklight attached to it (little LED on the top border of the display), I thought I'd use that to tell me about new messages.
Sitting here at the entropia again, I finished my gaim plugin hacking. Since the light is controlled via /proc, I had to write a suid program just to let the user control that file. That's not a nice solution, I wish /proc would be like /dev, where you just use
chgrp et al to let the user control the devices. If any one is interested, I have (not very clean) debian packages.
Update: I have put okayish packages on http://people.debian.org/~nomeata/gaim-thinklight/. Comments are welcome. If there are enough comments, I'll consider putting it in debian, but only then, as it is quite specific.