Hello World

“Every adventure requires a first step. Trite but true, even here.” Cheshire Cat – American McGee’s Alice

 

I’m Eric Koegel, also known as eric_the_idiot on irc.freenode.net. I’ve been contributing to the Xfce (http://xfce.org/) project for a couple years now. I maintain Xfdesktop, co-maintain xfce4-power-manager, and just started maintaining xfce4-session. I also maintain the build bot/Jenkins server located at http://buildbot.xfce.org/

It’s been pointed out multiple times that I’m terrible at social media. This blog is my first step in correcting that. The goal is to keep people informed in what I’m up to in the FOSS world.

Xfce4-Power-Manager

Xfce4-power-manager's new panel plugin
Xfce4-power-manager’s new panel plugin

So, with that in mind, here’s is a screen shot of xfce4-power-manager’s Power Manager Plugin running in the xfce4-panel. There’s also a version for the LXDE panel. In the future we’ll add back the system tray support and even further down the road when the power manager goes GTK3 we can look into supporting it as an app indicator which looks to be the future standard for system tray plugins.

The new devices tab of the Xfce4-power-manager-settings dialog
The new devices tab of the Xfce4-power-manager-settings dialog

Xfce4-power-manager’s settings dialog has seen some updates as well. The improvements to the settings dialog was mostly the work of Harald Judt and Simon Steinbeiss, however I did pull in the old xfce4-power-manager-info program into a Devices tab of the dialog.

Xfdesktop

 

The new Xfdesktop-settings
The new Xfdesktop-settings

Xfdesktop is mostly considered stable at this point since Xubuntu started shipping the 4.11 dev branch and we don’t want serious regressions for them. The 4.11 releases added per-workspace/per-monitor wallpaper support, you can easily move the xfdesktop-settings application to the workspace/monitor you want to update and pick a wallpaper + its settings. The docs (http://docs.xfce.org/xfce/xfdesktop/4.11/start) have been updated and there’s screen shots listed there if you’d like a preview. Libxfce4ui has been updated to point users to the 4.11 docs page if they are running dev releases of xfdesktop.

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