ANNOUNCE: xfdashboard 0.5.3 released

Stephan Haller nomad at
Fri Nov 13 19:30:34 CET 2015

xfdashboard-0.5.3 "Extend me!" was released on 2015-11-13.

This is a development release.

About xfdashboard

Maybe a Gnome shell like dashboard for Xfce






Release notes for 0.5.3

* New feature: Implemented a basic and simple plugin manager
  as well as a sample plugin named 'clock-view' adding a view
  showing a clock with current time. The plugin cannot be
  enabled or disabled in the settings at this time. It must
  be enabled via xfconf-settings-editor and with the command
  xfconf-query in a terminal. A new property "/enabled-plugins"
  has to be added to channel "xfdashboard" containing an array
  of string. Each string in this array contains the name of the
  plugin to load, e.g. "clock-view" for the sample plugin.
  The plugins are searched in the following search paths in this
  order: the path at the environment variable XFDASHBOARD_PLUGINS_PATH
  (if set), $HOME/.local/share/xfdashboard/plugins and
  (install prefix)/lib/xfdashboard/plugins.
* Added a new environment variable XFDASHBOARD_FORCE_NEW_INSTANCE.
  This environment variable can be set to any value as it needs
  only to exist. But it is only checked if xfdashboard is compiled
  with debug support. If this enviroment variable is set to any
  value then it spawns a new instance of xfdashboard regardless
  if any other instance is already running. This is interesting
  to test a new compile of xfdashboard for debugging purposes while
  (a stable) xfdashboard instance is running in background in
  daemonized mode.
* Rewrote view and search manager to register views and search
  providers with IDs allowing one type (GType of GObject) to be
  registered multiple times. This should allow, for example,
  multi-purpose search providers like a Gnome shell search
  provider object that will be registered several times but with
  different ID whereby the ID specifies with search provider to
  call via DBUS. This plugin does not exists - it is just an idea.
* Smaller improvements, e.g. replacing all GTK+ stock icon names
  with corresponding ones from Icon Naming Specification
* Fixed bug that the windows view or applications view will be
  enforced to be shown (again) depending on the toggle state of
  application button in quicklaunch when a view is activated.
* Hopefully fixed a bug causing visual glitches in search view,
  i.e. empty search view although results should be available
  and visible.
* Fixed a possible memory leak when unregistering a view at
  view manager or a search provider at search manager
* More bug-fixes
* Updated translations
* Added new translation: lt


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