‘Notifis’ Displays Quotes on Your Desktop (Ubuntu)

The power the words hold above our emotions is an amazing thing. Just as a rough word can let you down, a wise quote form someone can help you get through a rough day too. An area that uses words to program human emotions is known as ‘NLP’ (Neuro-linguistic programming), and it’s based on the fundamental idea that neurological processes in our Brains have a direct connection with words.

Not just human emotions but researches like ‘Dr. Emoto’ is well known for his studies which led him to find that words (both spoken and typed letters) go even as far as to change the crystalline structures of water (thus affecting its ‘quality’). And when considering the fact that about 83% of our body consists of water, it’s not a surprise why words can have such a powerful effect on our lives.

So because they carry such powers ;-), to lighten up your day, if you’d like to have quotes displayed on your Ubuntu desktop then this utility called ‘Notifis’ might get you interested.

It comes with few built in quotes but you can easily copy and paste quotes into a text file, save it somewhere (say in your ‘Home’ folder) and load it into ‘Notifis’ and it’ll then display those on your desktop.


You can use its main window to change the interval between quotes and make it only display one upon each desktop login. That’s pretty much it!.

Currently it’s only for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin and you can install it using the below command.

sudo apt-get install notifis

After it’s installed, you can use its icon from the system tray area to load a new text file with quotes and change two of its other setting (mentioned above). When saving make sure to add ‘.txt’ extension to the document, otherwise it won’t be visible while trying to load. And while adding quotes, make sure to put a one line of space between quotes to separate them.

However, if you decided to manually add a text file, then every time you update it (add new quotes) make sure to re-load it to ‘Notifis’ otherwise it seems to only display the quotes before your last update. And you’ll have to add it to startup application list if you want it to load when you login to your desktop.

‘Notifis’ uses about 16MB of my RAM when running and when considered the application and its features it’s a little ‘heavy’. Other than that it runs on my Ubuntu 12.04 flawlessly. Enjoy!.

An RHCE, 'Linux' user with 14+ years of experience. Extreme lover of Linux and FOSS. He is passionate to test every Linux distribution & compare with the previous release to write in-depth articles to help the FOSS community.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.