Catfish 1.4.7 Released

  • January 27, 2019
  • Sean Davis

What’s New?


  • Cleaner, easier to read manpage contents

  • Information about the --path command-line flag was added to help and the manpage

  • Updated AppStream components to align with the latest specification

  • Replaced project URLs with HTTPS where possible

Desktop Integration

  • The window layout now respects the current desktop (Xfce #14486)

  • A headerbar layout is used for Budgie, GNOME, and Pantheon

  • All other desktops use the traditional titlebar layout

  • This option can be overridden using the use-headerbar option
    in the Catfish configuration file (~/.config/catfish/catfish.rc)

  • Files can now be dragged into other applications (Xfce #14492)

  • For file managers, the files will usually be copied to that location

  • For other applications, the files will be opened by the application


  • Thumbnails will now only be generated when the thumbnail view is active (Xfce #14689)

  • Added /dev to list of standard excluded directories

  • Files within /dev can still be searched if explicitly selected by the user

Bug Fixes

  • Quoted search strings now allow for searching for specific phrases, instead of searching for actual quote characters (Xfce #14501)

  • The file context menu can now be opened multiple times (Xfce #14621)

  • Fix crash as startup when Catfish enables multi-file selection (LP #1753163)

Translation Updates

Albanian, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia), French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Nynorsk, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Sinhala, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian


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Exo 0.12.4 Released

  • January 19, 2019
  • Sean Davis

What’s New?


  • Exo once again uses the same thumbnail directories as other applications (Xfce #14799), resulting in reduced disk usage.

  • Where everything else moved to ~/.cache/thumbnails quite some time ago, Exo continued to use ~/.thumbnails. Enjoy all the extra disk space!

Bug Fixes

  • ExoCellRendererIcon: Fix highlight rendering with GTK 3 (Xfce #14971)

  • ExoIconView: Fix search popup placement (Xfce #14994)

  • Additionally, a long-standing bug where the type-ahead search widget would be drawn partially off the screen for maximized windows, has been fixed!

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Translation Updates

Belarusian, Catalan, Chinese (China), German, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Kannada, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Thai


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Xfce Screensaver 0.1.3 Released

  • November 25, 2018
  • Sean Davis

What’s New?


  • All available configuration options are now available in the Preferences dialog, boosting the easily accessible options from 4 to 13!

  • Idle time is now based on the X11 Screensaver plugin instead of the GNOME Session Manager.

  • Xfce Screensaver now respects the xdg-screensaver state, inhibiting the screensaver when using apps like Caffeine or watching a fullscreen video.

  • Screensaver and lock screen functionality can easily now be toggled separately.



  • Dropped unused configuration options [1, 2, 3]

  • Renamed all Xfconf properties for improved clarity and easier maintenance [1, 2]

Bug Fixes

  • Replaced Help link with a link to the Xfce Docs (Xfce #14877)

  • Added /usr/lib and /usr/libexec as trusted engine paths, enabling local installs on Linux with access to existing screensavers (Xfce #14883)

  • Fixed screen blanking and locking on FreeBSD and OpenBSD (Xfce #14846)

  • Fixed lock screen crash on laptop lid-close events (GTK #1466)

  • Fixed daemon crash when scrolling through available themes

  • Improved window size resizing for smaller displays

  • Renamed included screensavers to avoid conflicts with MATE Screensaver

  • Reduced flicker rate when multiple keyboard layouts are available (still not fully fixed, but greatly improved)

Build Improvements

  • Silenced warning: ar: ‘u’ modifier ignored since ‘D’ is the default

  • Fixed warning: Target given more than once in the same rule

Code Quality

  • Applied cpplint fixes and added cpplint configuration file

  • Cleaned up unused variables, trailing spaces, and deprecated code

  • Glade templates were cleaned up and organized for easier maintenance

Translation Updates

Albanian, Basque, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Danish, French, Galician, Hebrew, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Malay, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Turkish


View fullsize Screensaver Settings
View fullsize Lock Screen Settings
View fullsize Xfconf Properties

The new Xfce Screensaver documentation.


This is the first beta release of Xfce Screensaver. While still not recommended for production machines, this is a great time to test and report bugs so we can put together an awesome stable release soon.

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Xubuntu users (18.04, 18.10, and 19.04) can grab the package from the Xubuntu QA Experimental PPA.

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/experimentalsudo apt-get updatesudo apt-get install xfce4-screensaver

Remember to also remove or exit light-locker and start xfce4-screensaver (or log out and back in) and add support for xfce4-screensaver to the xflock4 script.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Xfce Screensaver 0.1.1 Released

  • October 31, 2018
  • Sean Davis

What’s New?


  • Added support for color settings from Xfdesktop 4.12 and 4.13

  • The black fallback color has been replaced with the Xfdesktop default

  • The interface files for the preferences dialog and lock screen are now compiled and included in the binaries

  • The warning displayed as the root user is now an InfoBar to make it more visible

  • Screensaver Preferences can now be embedded in the Xfce Settings Manager

Bug Fixes

  • Fix crash when no background placement is configured (Xfce #14769)

  • Redraw the screensaver on monitor configuration events (Xfce #14796)

  • Automate detection of PAM configuration, add a new flag to override (Xfce #14779)

  • Notify the user when Xfce Power Manager has an incompatible configuration and include a button to resolve it (Xfce #14782)

  • The unlock dialog is now correctly drawn with the Adwaita GTK theme

  • Fix builds on OpenBSD, build status can now be tracked on the Xfce Build Bot

Translations (All NEW!)

Albanian, Basque, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Lithuanian, Malay, Polish, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish


With just a single release, packaging for the new screensaver is starting to appear all over the place! If you know of any other places it’s been packaged, drop me a line. 🙂


View fullsize  Xfce Screensaver now properly supports colors and gradients from Xfdesktop.
View fullsize  The first release handled Adwaita poorly… now the widgets are drawn normally.
 Now that the screensaver settings can be embedded, it feels more like an Xfce app.
 Previously, this notice was a label displayed at the bottom of the dialog.
 Improved laptop support by validating Xfce Power Manager settings.


Please be aware that this is alpha-quality software. It is not currently recommended for use in production machines. Please continue to test it, report bugs, provide feedback, and submit patches so we can make the best screensaver and locker possible for Xfce.

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Xfce Screensaver 0.1.0 Released

  • October 15, 2018
  • Sean Davis

Xfce Screensaver is a screen saver and locker that aims to have simple, sane, secure defaults and be well integrated with the Xfce desktop.

It is a port of MATE Screensaver, itself a port of GNOME Screensaver. It has been tightly integrated with the Xfce desktop, utilizing Xfce libraries and the Xfconf configuration backend.

Homepage · Issues


  • Integration with the Xfce Desktop per-monitor wallpaper

  • Locking down of configuration settings via Xfconf

  • DBUS interface to limited screensaver interaction

  • Full translation support into many languages

  • Shared styles with LightDM GTK+ Greeter

  • Support for XScreensaver screensavers

  • User switching


  • DBus >= 0.30

  • GLib >= 2.50.0

  • GTK+ >= 3.22.0

  • X11 >= 1.0

  • garcon >= 0.5.0

  • libxklavier >= 5.2

  • libxfce4ui >= 4.12.1

  • libxfce4util >= 4.12.1

  • Xfconf >= 4.12.1


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Please be aware that this is alpha-quality software. It is not currently recommended for use in production machines. I invite you to test it, report bugs, provide feedback, and submit patches so we can get it ready for the world.

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Xfce4 Panel Profiles (Formerly Xfpanel Switch) 1.0.8 Released

  • July 28, 2018
  • Sean Davis

What’s New?

At Home With Xfce

Bug Fixes

  • Failure to save some panel configurations (LP: #1765565)

  • Crash on corrupted panel configs (LP: #1765565)

  • Apply more strict logic when removing bad plugins

  • Remove orphaned plugins when loading configuration


  • Tidied up pylint notices

Translation Updates

Albanian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish


New releases of Xfce4 Panel Profiles will now be found at the Xfce release archive. Previous releases are still available on Launchpad.

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