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I'd like to see if I have incoming or outgoing network traffic via a little blinking network-monitor icon in my system tray, similar to the network system tray icon in Windows XP and Android. I would like to replace that static icon that is used by default.

Is there a software package that can do this?

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Please don't cross-post. Cross-posting is strongly discouraged -- if you post on one site and then change your mind it can always be migrated to another. unix.stackexchange.com/faq#cross-posting – uther May 3 '12 at 13:51
I'm don't know XFCE, but Gnome2 and Gnome3 in classic mode has a panel applet called "System Monitor" that can be set to show a graph of that information, where you can choose the colors for each; I have green for incoming, and red for outgoing on mine. – Marty Fried May 3 '12 at 17:21
@MartyFried oh i've seen the moving graph once. LXDE has it too, i think. That'll be a good, maybe a little edgy solution for gnome, thanks! – Mr. Bash May 3 '12 at 20:13

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