ANNOUNCE: xfce4-panel 4.9.0 released

Nick Schermer nick at
Fri Dec 30 21:32:06 CET 2011

xfce4-panel 4.9.0 is now available for download from

  SHA1 checksum: 504961254b91a224840dc4fd0ed839cd1b984940
   MD5 checksum: 56b267fc170141543051a12486946fba

What is xfce4-panel?

Xfce's panel.


Release notes for 4.9.0
[Please note that this is a development release.]

Yeey, first unstable release of the panel for 4.10! Most noticeable
change is the new Deskbar mode, contributed by Andrzej Radecki. This
will give you a vertical panel, with horizontal plugins. With this new
mode there is also a number-of-rows setting that works in all
Another large change is the new actions plugin that merges the
functionality of the xfce4-session plugin.
A small change but big difference is the new size handling of the
tasklist plugin: it does not expand any more, but shrinks. To get the
position of other plugins correct you might want to add a separator
after the tasklist and enable the expand option.

Other small changes are listed below:

- Panel: Add option in preferences dialog to disable struts
  (bug #7202).
- Showdesktop: Allow middle-click to shade windows (bug #7177).
- Panel: Add style property to control size of autohide window.
- Panel: Make compositing settings insensitive (bug #7862).
- Tasklist: Add option to disable mouse scrolling (bug #6996).
- Tasklist: Make the plugin shrink instead of expand
  (bug #7389, #7129).
- Clock: Use realtime POSIX timers for the clock.
- Actions: Merge functionality of xfce4-session plugin.
- Applicationmenu: Show menu on button-press-event (bug #8047).
- Migrate: Add version based config migration.
- Clock: Fix typo in tooltip (bug #8137).
- General: Add deskbar mode and nrows property to plugins.
- General: Add small property for plugins.
- Separator: Remove new line option.
- General: Make plugins work with deskbar mode and small property.
- Panel: Change drop highlighting to a red line.
- Applicationsmenu: Reload menu on directory changes.
- Panel: Make sure the panel has a position on startup (bug #8287).
- Panel: Work with a unique id for each panel.
- Panel: Remove autosaving on exit and with timeout.
- Panel: Only save what is required and when needed.
- Docs: Update to latest version.

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