[update] For updated instructions on installing CheckGmail, see Updating CheckGmail to Fix Login Errors.
Always have a browser tab open to your Gmail account? CheckGmail is an application that can monitor your Gmail account for you. It’s unobtrusive, feature-rich, and easy to configure.
Install CheckGmail from the package checkgmail (click the link to install), or by running the command below in your terminal:
sudo apt-get install checkgmail
Start it for the first time from
Applications->Internet->CheckGmail. You may
have to wait a few seconds for the configuration window to appear. You can get
started by just entering your username and password for Gmail and clicking
(If you aren’t comfortable saving your password to disk, leave the
password option unselected. You will be prompted for your Gmail password
whenever CheckGmail starts.)
Once you have CheckGmail running and know you want to keep it, set it up to
start when you log in. Open
System->Preferences->Sessions and click
Add Startup Program dialog, set the name value to
CheckGmail and the
CheckGmail will display the Gmail icon in your notification area which will be grayed-out when you have no new messages. Hovering over this icon will display a preview of any new messages and let you take actions on them. When a new message is received, a small notification will slide onto the screen. Click on the icon to open Gmail in your default browser.