LXPanel 0.8.0 released.

As already was announced, the time to release next LXPanel has came. The release goals for 0.8 were:

  • complete multi-monitor support
  • improve and further simplify plugins API

It also happen to have better performance than before, that was a side effect of optimizations. The release 0.8.0 comes fully translated to 17 languages: Chinese (China), Dutch, Finnish, French, Galician, Ganda, German, Greek, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Ukrainian. As usual, a lot of bugs were fixed, and you are welcome to report any bugs you happen to find yet. Work on LXPanel features will be continued shortly, stay in touch, it will become yet more convenient later. 🙂
New release tarball download link:
lxpanel-0.8.0.tar.xz – SHA1: c0b2d9edfd0d95ee142db7cd0e55763a785daa0a Continue reading “LXPanel 0.8.0 released.”

LXPanel 0.8.0 pre release testing.

After some development, it’s time to release next feature version of LXPanel. The release goals for 0.8 were:

  • complete multi-monitor support
  • improve and further simplify plugins API

Now that it was done, and numerous bugs fixed along with that, LXPanel has come to release time, which is scheduled in about 2 weeks. We would appreciate all the testing and feedback on it. The fresh sources are in GIT repository, as usual. The changelog since version 0.7.2 is big enough, you can find it in the sources or read online.

I also would like to ask all our translators to come into Pootle and translate it. I would ask to read the Wiki if you didn’t do that lately. Thank you in advance, everyone.

In memory of Razor-qt

Although people often compare LXDE and the “so-called” Qt port, LXQt with each other, they are actually from different code bases.
The most parts of LXQt are actually built on top of razor-qt, a lightweight Qt-based DE with the same philosophy as LXDE. We reorganized the source code of razor-qt and removed unused pieces. Then we ported several LXDE components to Qt and also developed some new ones. Hence it’s more the merge of developers than the merge of the actual source code. That’s why they have slightly different feature sets. Without the work of razor-qt project, we can’t have LXQt now.  Its developers deserved the credit. Since the story is too long for the tiny “About” dialog, I wrote the blog post here to thank their contributions.
Long live free software!

Status update for “LXDE”

Yes, it’s about the gtk+ version LXDE, not LXQt.
Previously, razor-qt and lxde project merged and formed LXQt project, which just had a 0.8 release. Though the original plan was to migrate to Qt, this does not mean that LXDE is dropped. As many of the users have noted, many LXDE gtk+ components got updates recently. LXDE is still actively developed and maintained by the developers lead by Andrej N. Gritsenko (LStranger) and as long as gtk+ 2 is in use, I believe that they’ll keep working on it. We even got some patches for gtk+ 3 recently. Yes, gtk+ 3. This does not mean that LXDE is going to use gkt+ 3, but it’s a clear indicator that LXDE is not dead. If you’re not a fan of LXQt, don’t worry, you can still use LXDE. Also I want to say “thank you” again to LStranger who work really hard to keep LXDE so others can have some time to focus on LXQt while keeping our promise to the users.
About LXQt, the 0.8 version is quite stable and we have the required features, but of course it’s not good enough and have room for improvement. We’ll keep working on that, too. For the part I’m responsible for, the file manager, I’ll try to add the features that exist in the gtk+ versions but abscent in the Qt port. Also, I’m going to do more bechmarks for LXQt recently. Other developers are working on code cleanup and removing dependency on X11 so we can move to Wayland later.Both LXQt and LXDE are actively developed. Stay tunned! 🙂

LXDE-Common 0.99.0 released.

A key package with LXDE in the name (and reasonably associated with LXDE as a whole) got a bit of updates. Also its version number was noticeably changed, as a sign that LXDE version should be 1.0 next time. When that would happen? Let us don’t tell you yet.
New release tarball download link:
lxde-common-0.99.0.tar.xz – SHA1: 8ae027a26043620990a5c5d96a31e46b0ff669da

Changes since previous release 0.5.6 (see git log for details):

  • Fixed missing install of lxde-logout.desktop file.
  • Removed inappropriate text about lxde-settings from README.
  • Fixed sort_by in the pcmanfm.conf, it should be 2, not 0.
  • Added exporting XDG_CURRENT_DESKTOP in startlxde script.
  • Disabled copying pcmanfm config file. The recent pcmanfm releases support profile selection on its own, so this code is no longer needed.
  • Fixed lxpanel profile location.
  • Added launching LXRandR when Fn+Screen (XF86Display key) is pressed.
  • Correctly implemented translations for *.desktop files using intltool, now those can be properly translated.
  • Added lxde-screenlock.desktop file to call lxlock (taken from Debian, with translations too).
  • Few new translations added, some were updated.
  • Removed obsolete key Encoding from *.desktop files.

LXPanel 0.7.2 released.

Another month has gone and next bugs fixing release of this major component happened. Few annoying bugs were fixed and we really hope it is better than before. Very possible it is last release in 0.7 line since there are a lot of improvements coming, and there is no room for any improvements in 0.7, you should wait 0.8.0 for new features.
New release tarball download link:
lxpanel-0.7.2.tar.xz – SHA1: 956851d4d465b2443c1253ceb0399386fd15bb82

Changes since previous release 0.7.1 (see git log for details):

  • Fixed unhiding panel if it becomes empty and height_when_hidden is 0.
  • Fixed invalid X protocol word size: despite of stating it 32 bit, the X server uses unsigned long which is 64 bit on 64-bit architectures.
  • Adapted to use libmenu-cache >= 1.0.0 – it could show empty folders in the desktop menu.
  • Fixed crash in taskbar after visible task changed name then gone.
  • Ensured panel background update after some plugin was resized.
  • FileManager statement from old config should never be scanned again.
  • Fixed positioning of new created panel, the edge was not saved.
  • Eliminated hardcoded “xterm” in ‘volumealsa’ plugin – LibFM has enough means to call terminal when needed.
  • Fixed crash if ‘volumealsa’ plugin initialization failed.

Menu-cache stable release.

That happened again! One more 1.0.0 version, which means package grew enough and became mature, featureful, and bugless. First one was LibFM/PCManFM, not it’s time for another library, menu-cache. Almost month after release candidate, some bug found, and now we hope it is really good for everyone.
A release tarball download link:
menu-cache-1.0.0.tar.xz – SHA1: e7b3854109f9826472cf9795e924acebe5e27861

Changes since release candidate (see git log for details):

  • Fixed bug when cache was not updated while it should: check if the last modification time for directory is more recent than modification time for cache may not always be valid – some .desktop entry might be just changed by update and that will lead to falsed cache contents.
  • Added Log Domain “Menu-Cache” for better library logging messages.