ANNOUNCE: xfce4-power-manager 1.3.0 released

Eric eric.koegel at
Sun Jun 1 20:26:33 CEST 2014

xfce4-power-manager 1.3.0 is now available for download from

  SHA1 checksum: b50260c890820220032812224b262637aeac271e
   MD5 checksum: c23a0f0919474f74f261b25baf16d34a

What is xfce4-power-manager?

This software is a power manager for the Xfce desktop, Xfce power
manager manages the power sources on the computer and the devices that
can be controlled to reduce their power consumption (such as LCD
brightness level, monitor sleep, CPU frequency scaling). In addition,
xfce4-power-manager provides a set of freedesktop-compliant DBus
interfaces to inform other applications about current power level so
that they can adjust their power consumption, and it provides the
inhibit interface which allows applications to prevent automatic sleep
actions via the power manager; as an example, the operating system’s
package manager should make use of this interface while it is performing
update operations.


Release notes for 1.3.0
[Please note that this is a development release.]

Development release of xfce4-power-manager.
Please report all problems at

  This release has a large number of changes contributed by many
developers and translators.

  One of the most noticable changes to xfpm is a new panel plugin
to monitor battery and device charge levels which replaces the
trayicon. If anyone outside of Xfce was using xfce4-power-manager
in a different panel, such as LXDE, and wants xfpm to continue to
work there, request it in bugzilla and we'll work on it.

  The settings dialog has been completely restructured for better
oversight. Additionally, xfce4-power-information, a stand-alone
application has now been embedded inside the settings dialog.

  A new version of Upower, 0.99.0, breaks it's API compability
and xfpm required quite a bit of work to provide the same
functionality as previous versions of Upower. Concurrently,
several developers added support for systemd-logind in xfpm.
Xfce4-power-manager added a xfce4-pm-helper application to
suspend/hibernate on systems using upower 0.99.0 and higher.

  Jannis Pohlmann removed custom OSD brightness popup code and
it now uses libnotify so they can appear with any installed
notification daemon.

  Simon Steinbeiss created new icons for xfpm (based on the
Adwaita icon-theme) covering all the different device types
supported as well as all their individual states.

  Sonal Santan added support for keyboard backlight control.
This feature is useful when the firmware does not handle the
keyboard brightness control automatically.

- Fix brightness level from glong to gint32 to match RandR property,
  patch written by Martin Matuska.
- Fix incorrect check for suspend permissions (bug #8438),
  patch written by Lionel Le Folgoc
- Port xfpm to libupower-glib / add support for upower-0.99.0 API
  patch written by Stefan Seyfried
- Add shutdown/reboot functionality for systemd (Bug 10167)
  patch written by Andreas Müller and Guido Berhoerster
- Don't allow systemd to handle suspend/hibernate events
  patch written by Mikhail Efremov
- Add support for logind suspend/resume (Bug 9963)
- Allow individual inhibition of systemd events
  patch written by Sean Davis
- Get rid of XfpmDeviceState and XfpmDeviceType
  patch written by Stefan Seyfried
- xfpm_backlight_button_pressed_cb: fix popup display
  patch written by Stefan Seyfried
- Fix empty systray icon in some panels on battery removal and
  addition, patch written by Henry Gebhardt
- Display power percentage in the device details, patch written
  by Pascal de Bruijn
- Add current percentage of batteries to device details, patch
  written by Stefan Seyfried
- do not show an icon for HID devices, patch written by
  Stefan Seyfried
- Fix status icon for devices other than battery and ups (Bug 8188)
  patch written by Daniel Schubert and Dean Montgomery
- Add support for keyboard backlight control (Bug 10470)
  patch written by Sonal Santan
- Don't call g_thread_init on newer versions of glib.
- Fix typo in xfpm-power.c, patch written by Benjamin Kerensa
- Fix typo in error message, patch written by Ian
- Updates from the pre-4.8 panel registration method for panel
- Update xfce4-session lock-screen setting to by in sync with
- Point to the online docs for xfpm's help
- Fix uninitialized variables
- Add a option for network manager sleep (Bug 10702)
- Warn when no lock tool succeeded (Bug 6413)
- Add support for suspend/hibernate via an xfce4-pm-helper since
  it was dropped in UPower 0.99. This way suspend/hibernate
  continues to work for the user as expected.
- Show the settings menu outside of XFCE
  patch written by Julien Lavergne
- Fix an untranslatable string in battery-indicator-plugin
  patch written by Masato Hashimoto
- Autotools updates, patch written by Nick Schermer
- Remove custom OSD brightness popup, use libnotify instead
  patch written by Jannis Pohlmann

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