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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
  • SHA-1: ed56ab0ab34db6a5e0924a9da6bf2ee91233da8a
  • MD5: d00d3ca571900826bf5e1f6986e42992

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
  • SHA-1: 955268828ac53fdfbfa346fbec376aa4f6199385
  • MD5: 30cd40be36895c4ced48c2433ff440c4

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

  • SHA-256: a2d452780bf51f80afe7621e040fe77725021c24a0fe4a9744c89ba88dbf87d7
  • SHA-1: b149b454fba75de6e6f9029cee8eec4adfb4be0e
  • MD5: 8fd7e8bb241f2396ebc3d9630b47a635

Xubuntu 17.10 “Artful Aardvark” Released

  • October 19, 2017
  • Sean Davis

It’s another great Ubuntu release day, with fresh versions of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Lubuntu, Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Kylin, Ubuntu MATE, Ubuntu Studio, and my personal favorite: Xubuntu

This has been a comparatively quiet development cycle for Xubuntu. With increased development on Xfce as we prepare for Xfce 4.14, less Xubuntu-specific changes took place this cycle. Thankfully, there are still plenty of goodies to get excited about.

  • Appearance Updates: Greybird‘s client side decorations (CSD) have been refreshed and now consume much less space. elementary-xfce, our preferred icon theme, has been updated and includes new device, mimetype, and panel icons. And we have a fancy new wallpaper.
  • Application Updates: This is the first release of Xubuntu to feature GNOME Font Viewer, a handy tool for font management. LibreOffice, Firefox, and Thunderbird have been updated to their latest versions (5.4, 56, and 52.4 respectively). On the Xfce side, Dictionary, Genmon Plugin, Mount Plugin, Exo, and Tumbler have been updated to take advantage of the latest GTK+ version and continue the march toward Xfce 4.14.
  • Technical Updates: GTK+ 3.26, Python 3.6, and Linux 4.13 are all included. Thanks to the Ubuntu Desktop team, hardware accelerated video, improved bluetooth audio, and driverless printing round out a solid development cycle.

Screenshots

Download

Download Xubuntu 17.10 from Xubuntu.org.  It’s available in both 32-bit and 64-bit varieties.

What’s Next?

After the release festivities calm down, work will begin on Xubuntu 18.04, our next LTS release. These are always our most active cycles as we polish the work that we’ve been doing the past 18 months and prepare for a 3-year support window. A few things we already have planned…

  • Replacing the Sound Indicator with the Xfce PulseAudio Plugin, a very capable replacement with more features landing soon.
  • Replacing the Xfce Indicator Plugin with the Xfce StatusNotifier Plugin, a fully compatible and better maintained plugin with a few new tricks.
  • Another wallpaper contest to showcase the community’s artful taste.
  • And plenty more as we begin the blueprint process!

In Case You Missed It

Development Release: Xfce PulseAudio Plugin 0.3.1

  • October 2, 2017
  • Sean Davis

A new release, some handy new features! But, I’ve never posted about this plugin before, so we’ll start with a proper introduction. 

Xfce PulseAudio Panel Plugin

This is a plugin for the Xfce panel that allows the user to easily adjust the audio volume of the PulseAudio sound system. As of the 0.3.0 release, this plugin was extended with support for controlling multimedia players via the MPRIS DBUS interface. And with this latest release, users can now easily toggle the default audio input and output devices.

Features

  • Control device volume, from 0% to 100% and beyond
  • Instantly mute volumes by middle-clicking the plugin or clicking the mute toggle
  • Launch the configured audio mixer
  • Open, raise, or control playback from known media players (since 0.3.0)
  • Select default input and output devices (since 0.3.1)

Screenshots

Downloads

The latest version of Xfce PulseAudio Plugin can always be downloaded from the Xfce archives. Grab version 0.3.1 from the below link.

http://archive.xfce.org/src/panel-plugins/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin/0.3/xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin-0.3.1.tar.bz2

  • SHA-256: 61a39f892e5e06723a08f919682362ebaf54792ed1076f5be828d0209a52f482
  • SHA-1: 6db0e12f5f171bd57b1330c7996d503aca7a4883
  • MD5: ab2a12283555db063db3abea26b3237e

 

Development Release: Parole 0.9.2

  • June 4, 2017
  • Sean Davis
With a huge code cleanup effort, complete plugin development documentation, and numerous bug fixes, Parole Media Player 0.9.2 paves the way for future development.  What’s New? General Homepage updated to docs.xfce.org Xfce URLs were switched to HTTPS New Features A new keyboard shortcuts helper was added to the Help menu New and keybindings for previous … Continue reading Development Release: Parole 0.9.2

Xubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus” Released

  • April 13, 2017
  • Sean Davis
Xubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus” was released on April 13, 2017 with several fresh Xfce GTK+ 3 releases, bug fixes, and new features in tow. What’s New? Several Xfce panel plugins and applications have been ported to GTK+ 3 Core Xfce libraries exo and libxfce4ui have been updated with full GTK+ 3 support Greybird and Numix were … Continue reading Xubuntu 17.04 “Zesty Zapus” Released

Xubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” Released

  • April 21, 2016
  • Sean Davis
Here we are again, folks. After six more months of development (two years since the last LTS), we’ve got another fantastic release — Xubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus”!  I wanted to find a nice squirrel quote, but it seems most folks have a horrific dislike for the little critters. — Myself, after looking up squirrel … Continue reading Xubuntu 16.04 LTS “Xenial Xerus” Released