Wingo: jhbuild will do a notification icon as well; probably doesn’t fit your other needs but WTH :)
Speaking of jhbuild, it is now one tiny bit sweeter. I’m testing, but I think with this commit (and perhaps a howl change :/ it is possible to do a cvs checkout of jhbuild and immediately use it to successfully build the full gnome moduleset, for the first time since evolution-data-server was added to the repository.
On the downside, I’ve been poking a bit around buildbot, which I’d really hoped would easily let us set up a distributed build setup. No such luck- might well be that the easiest thing to do is make jhbuild a pseudo-buildbot-client (outbound only) instead of wrapping buildbot around jhbuild. Alternately, making the buildmaster jhbuild-aware… neither seem fun. Not something I have time for ATM, at any rate.
Spent a good chunk of today talking to Evangelia; sounds like her research is taking her interesting places. I look forward to reading the final product.