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Remember Highly Ubuntu Integrated Gmail Notifier? What if you could click the notification bubble to delete, open or mark an email as spam? It doesn't use the Ubuntu Jaunty notification system, but close enough: CheckGmail is an application that stays in your notification area and whenever you receive a new email, it opens a small notification window and by clicking the window you are taken to your Gmail account and when hovering the mouse over the icon, you have options to delete the email, archive, mark as spam and so on:

check gmail

The application also lets you undo your last action for instance undeleting an email.

To install CheckGmail in Ubuntu, simply open a terminal and type:
sudo apt-get install checkgmail
Once the installation is over, you can launch it from Applications > Internet > CheckGmail and enter your Gmail credentials, checking interval and so on:

checkgmail ubuntu settings