Informant is a set of utilities for keeping a user informed of events.
The current implementation is implemented as a Gnome Panel applet or a stand alone Gtk program. It is implemented in the Python programming language and uses the Twisted network programming framework.
For now, the informant is implemented as a Gnome Panel applet or a stand alone Gtk program.When an alert has been whispered by a source, the text of the applet or Gtk program changes from "No alerts" to "New Alerts". The user can click on the text and a window will pop up containing a list of the alerts received and the time they were received. The sources provided are the original CVSToys source, an e-mail filter source and a daemonized version of it, an RSS feed source (relying on TouRSSt), a web page change monitoring source, and a simple command line source that can be called from anything else. The code for each of these sources is simple enough to follow that new sources can be written quite easily.