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Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.4.0 (and 0.4.1) Released

  • April 21, 2018
  • Sean Davis

Stable as a rock. Xfce PulseAudio Plugin hit a new stable milestone with the 0.4.0 release. This release wraps up the awesome development cycle we’ve had on this over the last few months and is recommended for all users.

What’s New?

Since 0.2.5, the previous stable release.

Device Management

  • Added support for audio input devices
  • Added support for the XF86AudioMicMute key
  • Added ability to switch active audio devices and streams
  • Simplified audio volume controls

MPRIS2 Integration

  • New optional MPRIS2 support (play/pause, raise, track switching, playlists)
  • Added multimedia keyboard support, keys control the active media player and add keyboard support for any MPRIS2-enabled player
  • Experimental libwnck support adds support for raising windows that do not otherwise support it (Spotify included)
  • Players can be selectively hidden from the menu in the preferences dialog

General

  • Significant code cleanup, dropping unused IDO support and simplifying widgets
  • Improved memory management with numerous memory leaks patched

Translation Updates

Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia), French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmal, Norwegian Bokmål, Occitan (post 1500), Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian

Downloads

Source tarball (md5, sha1, sha256)

Available on Debian Testing and Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”. Included in Xubuntu 18.04.

Xfce Settings 4.12.3 / 4.13.2 Released

  • April 21, 2018
  • Sean Davis

Fixes galore! Xfce Settings 4.12.3 and 4.13.2 were released on March 18th with several improvements, feature parity, and translations. 

What’s New?

Both 4.12.3 and 4.13.2: Improvements for Multi-monitor Support

  • Visualize all three display configuration states
  • Visually note if two displays overlap (mirrored) but are not cloned
  • Always draw active display last so it’s on top
  • Fix: Correctly position monitors in extended mode
  • Fix: Race condition with monitor connect and disconnect
  • Fix: Segfault on monitor reconnect

Xfce Settings 4.13.2

  • New: Show location of the mouse pointer on keypress (Introduced in 4.12.2)
  • Fix: syncdaemon not starting with certain locales
  • Fix: division by 0 crash from gdk_screen_height_mm()
  • Fix: Remove existing socket from socket viewport (Xfce #13847)
  • Fix: Use transient notifications for improved logging
  • Fix: Do not expand event sounds section so font scaling is correctly
    positioned
  • Resolved GTK+ 3.22 deprecations (Xfce #14273)

Translation Updates

Amharic, Arabic, Asturian, Basque, Belarusian, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia), English (United Kingdom), Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan (post 1500), Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Uighur, Ukrainian

Downloads

Xfce Settings 4.12.3

Source tarball (md5, sha1, sha256)

Available in Debian Unstable and Ubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”. Included in Xubuntu 18.04.

Xfce Settings 4.13.2

Source tarball (md5, sha1, sha256)

Available in the Xubuntu QA Experimental PPA

Parole Media Player 1.0.0 Released

  • March 4, 2018
  • Sean Davis

It’s here, it’s finally here! The first 1.0 release of Parole Media Player has finally arrived. This release greatly improves the user experience for users without hardware-accelerated video and includes several fixes.

What’s New?

Parole 0.9.x Developments

If you’ve been following along with the stable release channel, you have a lot of updates to catch up on. Here’s a quick recap. For everybody else, skip to the next header.

  • Parole 0.9.0 introduced a new mini mode, boosted X11 playback, and made the central logo clickable. When your playlist is complete, the “play” logo changes to a “replay” logo.
  • Parole 0.9.1 improved support for remote files and live stream playback. Older code was stripped away to make Parole even leaner and faster.
  • Parole 0.9.2 introduced a keyboard shortcuts helper (Help > Keyboard Shortcuts), fixed numerous bugs, and included a huge code cleanup and refactor.

Parole 1.0.0: New Feature, Automatic Video Playback Output

  • We’ve finally resolved the long-standing “Could not initialise Xv output” error (Xfce #11950) that has plagued a number of our users, both in virtual machines and on real hardware.
  • In the past, we were delighted when we were able to implement the Clutter backend to solve this issue, but that API proved to be unstable and difficult to maintain between releases.
  • Now, we are using the “autoimagesink” for our newly defaulted “Automatic” video output option. This sink provides the best available sink (according to GStreamer) for the available environment, and should produce great results no matter the setup.

Parole 1.0.0: Bug Fixes

  • Fixed 32-bit crashes when using the MPRIS2 plugin (LP: #1374887)
  • Fixed crash on “Clear History” button press (LP: #1214514)
  • Fixed appdata validation (Xfce #13632)
  • Fixed full debug builds and resolved implicit-fallthrough build warning
  • Replaced stock icon by freedesktop.org compliant option (Xfce #13738)

Parole 1.0.0: Translations

Albanian, Arabic, Asturian, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia), Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Occitan (post 1500), Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Uighur, Ukrainian

Downloads

Parole Media Player 1.0.0 is included in Xubuntu 18.04. Check it out this week when you test out the Beta!

sudo apt update
sudo apt install parole

The latest version of Parole Media Player can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 1.0.0 from the below link.

https://archive.xfce.org/src/apps/parole/1.0/parole-1.0.0.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 6666b335aeb690fb527f77b62c322baf34834b593659fdcd21d21ed3f1e14010
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  • MD5: d00d3ca571900826bf5e1f6986e42992

Xfce Settings 4.12.2 Released

  • March 4, 2018
  • Sean Davis

Xfce has been steadily heading towards it’s GTK+ 3 future with Xfce 4.14, but that doesn’t mean our current stable users have been left behind. We’ve got some new features, bug fixes, and translations for you!

What’s New?

New Features

  • Default monospace font option in the Appearance dialog
  • Improved support for embedded DisplayPort connectors on laptops
  • Show location of the mouse pointer on keypress (as seen in the featured image)

Bug Fixes

  • Leave monitors where they were if possible (Xfce #14096)
  • syncdaemon not starting with certain locales
  • division by 0 crash from gdk_screen_height_mm()

Translation Updates

Arabic, Asturian, Basque, Bengali, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Hong Kong), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia), English (United
Kingdom), Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Occitan (post 1500), Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Uighur, Ukrainian

Downloads

The latest version of Xfce Settings can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 4.12.2 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/xfce/xfce4-settings/4.12/xfce4-settings-4.12.2.tar.bz2

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  • MD5: 32263f1b704fae2db57517a2aff4232d

Development Release: Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.5

  • March 3, 2018
  • Sean Davis

Activity is slowing down as the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin matures and heads toward the 0.4.0 stable release. With some usability refinements and bug fixes, users will find the latest release both easy and convenient to use.

What’s New?

New Feature: Move Streams on Default Output Change (Xfce #14157)

  • Prior to this update, when a new output device was selected from the plugin menu, only newly opened applications would utilize the selected option.
  • With this change, any active output streams will immediately be routed to the newly selected device.

New Feature: Management of Known MPRIS2 Players (Xfce #13903)

  • Known media players can now be cleared or selectively hidden from the menu.

Bug Fixes

  • Correctly reflect the current volume state at session startup (Xfce #14071, #13677)
  • Clear stale data retained after a new Metadata signal (Xfce #14068)

Translation Updates

Catalan, Chinese (China), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Greek, Irish, Japanese, Kazakh, Lithuanian, Malay, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Downloads

Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.5 is already included with Xubuntu 18.04 “Bionic Beaver”. Check it out when you test the Beta next week!

The latest version of Xfce PulseAudio Plugin can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 0.3.5 from the below link.

https://archive.xfce.org/src/panel-plugins/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin/0.3/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin-0.3.5.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 25e7bc414edf6e16140c31ca4e7dcedd4e17d40ea23a2921beb799fed11a99bb
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  • MD5: 30cd40be36895c4ced48c2433ff440c4

On Xfce’s translation status in early 2018

  • February 15, 2018
  • Vinzenz Vietzke

As you might know I’m quite active translating Xfce to German. Furthermore I’m stepped up to take care for Xfce’s translations in general a while ago. Today I had a deeper look at the statistics of our Transifex dashboard and wanted to share the current state with you. This is both to appreciate the work done but so many volunteers but also to motivate you for helping out a bit.

Overview

In the end of 2017 we restructured the whole i18n process a bit, got rid of unused infrastructure and tried to lower the barrier for new translators to get into it. You can have a look at the corresponding wiki page if you’re interested.

As the whole translation work is pointed towards the ongoing development I will only cover the master branch. Parts of 4.12 and 4.10 are still available in Transifex but don’t get updated as they are already officially released.

NameNumbers dropping

Xfce’s translation team offers and takes care for 106 languages and variants all in all. There are 17 languages which are nearly fully translated, only missing 50 strings or (way) less. Five languages are at 100% at the time of writing: French, German, Malay, Polish and Russian. Looking at how active development is (yes, really!) and how much translatable strings the overall Xfce project has this is really impressive! People are doing an awesome job there and really deserve some praising words. Thank you!

Helping hands needed

Quite a handful of languages are on their best way towards offering full localization. At the time of writing they have a few hundred strings yet to do, so if you’re a native speaker or confidently speaking one these

Italian (it) 152 strings to translate
Danish (da) 273 strings to translate
Dutch (nl) 319 strings to translate
English (Australia) (en_AU) 373 strings to translate
Norwegian Bokmål (nb) 352 strings to translate
Serbian (sr) 387 strings to translate
Slovak (sk) 384 strings to translate
Bulgarian (bg) 460 strings to translate
Catalan (ca) 405 strings to translate
Croatian (hr) 523 strings to translate
Indonesian (id) 607 strings to translate
Japanese (ja) 605 strings to translate
Thai (th) 596 strings to translate

Furthermore there are languages a bit desperately missing help. Many of them are local variants which is why the translator teams are smaller. Nevertheless, they’re as important as any other language. Getting Free Software in general and Xfce in particular to less-spoken languages is one of it’s many strengths!

But how to get started?

The good thing with translation work is that it doesn’t need much time per default. Of course you can extend your efforts to many hours per day. But donating just half an hour every week helps a lot! Just imagine how many strings consisting of 2-3 words you could get done in that time.
Furthermore as mentioned earlier, translating has no technical entry barrier. When I started using Linux soon I wanted to contribute something. But being no developer I had to take a look around where to help. Doing translations was my first stop solution as it’s totally easy and intuitive. Now, nearly 15 years later, I’m still here and love doing this work.

To get into the language business is easy as one-two-three: make yourself familiar with the i18n docs, sign up at Transifex, request to join the Xfce team – done! It helps if you sign up at our mailing list and introduce yourself briefly, but it’s not necessary.

If you have questions feel free to ask on the mailing list or dive into IRC (#xfce-dev, Freenode). If you prefer you can also email or xmpp me directly, I’ll do my best to help you out.

 

Exo 0.12.0 Stable Release

  • February 14, 2018
  • Sean Davis

With full GTK+ 2 and 3 support and numerous enhancements, Exo 0.12.0 provides a solid development base for new and refreshed Xfce applications.

What’s New?

Since this is the first stable release in nearly 2.5 years, I am going to provide a quick summary of the changes since version 0.10.7, released September 13, 2015.

New Features

GTK Extensions
Helpers
  • WebBrower: Added Brave, Google Chrome, and Vivaldi
  • MailReader: Added Geary, dropped Opera Mail (no longer available for Linux)
Utilities
  • exo-csource: Added a new --output flag to write the generated output to a file
  • exo-helper: Added a new --query flag to determine the preferred application

ICONS

  • Replaced non-standard gnome-* icons
  • Replaced non-existent “missing-image” icon

BUILD CHANGES

  • Build requirements were updated. Exo now requires GTK+ 2.24, GTK+ 3.22, GLib 2.42, libxfce4ui 4.12, and libxfce4util 4.12. Building GTK+ 3 libraries is not optional.
  • Default debug setting is now “yes” instead of “full”.

DOCUMENTATION UPDATES

  • Added missing per-release API indices
  • Resolved undocumented symbols (100% symbol coverage)
  • Updated project documentation (HACKING, README, THANKS)

Release Notes

  • The full release notes can be found here.
  • The full change log can be found here.

Downloads

The latest version of Exo can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 0.12.0 from the below link.

https://archive.xfce.org/src/xfce/exo/0.12/exo-0.12.0.tar.bz2

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  • MD5: 724afcca224f5fb22b510926d2740e52

MenuLibre 2.1.5 Released

  • February 6, 2018
  • Sean Davis

With improved support for Budgie, KDE, and MATE desktop environments, MenuLibre 2.1.5 continues to provide one of the best menu editing experiences for the Linux desktop.

What’s New?

New Features

  • Added support for the Budgie and KDE Plasma desktop environments
  • Improved support for the MATE desktop environment (LP: #1529406)
  • Window identification for the StartupWMClass key

General

  • Added manpage for the recently added menulibre-menu-validate command

Bug Fixes

  • Fix icon used when creating new directory (LP: #1744594)
  • Use ‘applications-other’ instead of ‘application-default-icon’ for better icon standards support (LP: #1745840)
  • Ensure categories are saved in the model when updated (LP: #1746802)
  • Fix incorrect display of newly created directories

Desktop Environment Support

MenuLibre is a FreeDesktop.org compliant menu editor for desktop environments implementing the Desktop Entry Specification. Some desktops are improperly configured and do not export the expected variables, and patches are included to infer the running environment in other ways. Some older desktops, such as IceWM, do not implement this specification and handle their menus in other ways.

MenuLibre has been tested with and known to work with the following desktop environments: Budgie, GNOME, KDE (Plasma), LXDE, LXQt (limited support, LXQt does not allow for non-alphabetical menu ordering), MATE, Pantheon, Unity, and Xfce. It is known not to work with IceWM and others that do not implement the Desktop Entry Specification.

If you come across an environment that should be supported but does not work as expected, let me know! It may require some additional patches to properly detect the environment and menu prefix.

Development Status

With this release, MenuLibre 2.1 is now in feature and string freeze for the 2.2.x series. I’m hoping for a stable 2.2.0 release sometime this month. This means two things.

  1. Translators, now it’s your time to shine! There’s been quite a few changes in the past few releases and it looks like some localizations could use a bit of a refresh. Make your way over to the MenuLibre Translations page to get started or pick up where you left off. 🙂
  2. Everyone else, take MenuLibre for a spin, and report bugs! If you are able to conclude that one of the existing bug reports has actually been resolved, leave a comment on the bug report so we can clean it off the list. Check out the MenuLibre Bugs page for more.

Window Identification Demo

Downloads

The latest version of MenuLibre can always be downloaded from the Launchpad archives. Grab version 2.1.5 from the below link. Debian Unstable and Ubuntu Bionic users should expect to see this latest version land in the archives sometime this week.

https://launchpad.net/menulibre/2.1/2.1.5/+download/menulibre-2.1.5.tar.gz

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Catfish 1.4.4 Released

  • January 28, 2018
  • Sean Davis

I’ve got some great news for fans of Catfish, the fast and powerful graphical search utility for Linux. The latest version, 1.4.4, has arrived with performance improvements and tons of localization updates!

What’s New

This update covers both versions 1.4.3 and 1.4.4.

General

  • Improved theming support
  • Improved error handling with thumbnails
  • Improved search performance by excluding .cache and .gvfs when not explicitly requested
  • Improved locate method performance with the addition of the –basename flag
  • Added keywords to the launcher for improved discoverability and Debian packaging improvements
  • Updated included AppData to latest standards

Bug Fixes

  • All search methods are stopped when the search activity is canceled. This results in a much faster response time when switching search terms.
  • Debian #798074: New upstream release available
  • Debian #794544: po/en_AU.po has Sinhalese (not English) translations for catfish.desktop

Translation Updates

Afrikaans, Brazilian Portuguese, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (Traditional), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Kurdish, Lithuanian, Portuguese, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian

Downloads

Debian Unstable and Ubuntu Bionic users can install Catfish 1.4.4 from the repositories.

sudo apt update && sudo apt install catfish

The latest version of Catfish can always be downloaded from the Launchpad archives. Grab version 1.4.4 from the below link.

https://launchpad.net/catfish-search/1.4/1.4.4/+download/catfish-1.4.4.tar.gz

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  • MD5: 8fd7e8bb241f2396ebc3d9630b47a635

New releases for xfce4-panel and xfce4-power-manager

  • December 21, 2017
  • Simon Steinbeiß

xfce4-power-manager 1.6.1

After almost two years I finally managed to get around to release a new version of the power manager, including many bugfixes that have accumulated over this time over the original Gtk+3/GDBus port that is 1.6.0.

Users will mostly notice the improved support for Desktop systems (they used to have the “battery-missing” icon displayed in the panel plugin – a regression over 1.4.x, which handled desktops more gracefully). Those who also use xfce4-notifyd’s recent logging mechanism will notice that now not every power manager event (e.g. changing the brightness) ends up in the log, as many notifications are marked as transient.

xfce4-panel 4.12.2 and 4.13.2

Both the stable 4.12 series and the 4.13 development series saw releases of late.

4.12.2

4.12 saw a small feature release adding support for the much and often requested “primary monitor” feature of RandR. So when you now define a panel’s location as “Output: Primary” it will dynamically move to the monitor marked as “primary” through the xfce4-display-settings dialog.

The default value “Automatic” for the Output option remains, so users will not notice any invasive changes here. Also the behavior of this default option remains unchanged (usually pushing the panel to the left-most monitor – aka x=0/y=0 – by default).

4.13.2

4.13 also saw a release, introducing GObject Introspection support, which should enable people to write Panel plugins in different languages (e.g. Python). We still need a template for that (volunteers forward!) so people can get their hands dirty more easily, but I think this is a very nice addition.

Apart from this I fixed a lot of smaller and bigger issues in the panel’s core plugins (actions, clock, launcher, tasklist and systray) and the settings dialog can now again be plugged into the xfce4-settings-manager dialog.