Event sounds in Xfce 4.4 / 4.6

The release-process took a little longer then expected, but its getting better. I’ve just send the announcement that Xfce 4.6 Beta1 is ready for download.

Some people have been reporting that they suddenly had event-sounds in their xfce. This is the result of using a distro that upgraded their gtk to 2.14 and installed libcanberra. With this release of xfce (xfce 4.6 beta1), the event-sounds XSETTINGS are managed, and as a result it is now possible to enable / disable these sounds.

It is important to mention that this feature is NOT present in 4.4. As a result you will experience in the default behaviour for gtk when the XSETTINGS are missing. You get event-sounds when you use Xfce 4.4.x with gtk 2.14 + libcanberra. To remove event-sounds you can do 1 of the following 3 things:

  • Remove libcanberra
  • Downgrade gtk to 2.12
  • Upgrade xfce to 4.6

The first option is obviously the least intrusive one ;-)