ANNOUNCE: xfce4-weather-plugin 0.8.0 released

Harald Judt h.judt at
Mon Jul 23 11:54:36 CEST 2012

xfce4-weather-plugin 0.8.0 is now available for download from

  SHA1 checksum: 5577ddbde17df7cc0378c62c1e9071737aaa80bf
   MD5 checksum: 77d23df416f21d3a4cd8253509b5f0cb

What is xfce4-weather-plugin?

This panel plugin shows the current temperature and weather condition.


Release notes for 0.8.0
- Migrate to libxfce4ui (bug #7956).
- Better handling of vertical and deskbar modes (bug #8560).
- Fix adjusting label text size to panel size.
- Fix scrollbox scroll direction in vertical mode.
- Major rewrite: Migrate to API instead of (bug
  The plugin now uses data from the Norwegian Meteorological Institute,
  which is a bit different and forced a redesign of the summary
  window and more logic for computing the values.
  This rewrite means the hassle with the expiring license keys is
  gone, and the plugin shouldn't stop working suddenly, as API changes
  are announced quite some time before they become active.
  Forecasts for up to 10 days are provided, depending on the location.
  The location is defined by latitude and longitude, the actual name
  is only used for presentation.
- Switch to the new GeoIP service at, the old one has
  stopped working correctly quite some time ago.
- Automatically set system of measurement depending on the GeoIP
  country code.
- Fix wrong location search results (bug #8832).
- Enlarge the search dialog. It's now capable of showing 10 or more
  results instead of only 2 or 3.
- Nice error message in summary window when no location was set or
  when there's no data available.
- Make left click toggle the forecast window (bug #8805)
- Optimized update intervals (downloading data and presentation).
  This should also fix update issues after suspend/resume.
- Add move label up/down buttons to config dialog.
- Add shortcuts to the widgets in the config dialog.
- Add shortcuts for accessing the notebook pages in the forecast
- Fix compilation warnings, possible null pointer errors, memory leaks,
  hardcoded values, make more strings translatable.

This version concludes the migration work started by Colin Leroy (see
bug #8105). It uses a new, free data source ( for the weather
data and has other important changes and fixes, so the version number
has been bumped from 0.7.4 to 0.8.0.

While it should work fine for most people, there are still some known
issues, so please have a look at README and TODO before filing bugs.

Thanks to all the people who provided patches for the migration to and other fixes.


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