ANNOUNCE: xfdashboard 1.0.0 released

Stephan Haller nomad at
Fri Aug 12 20:23:17 CEST 2022

xfdashboard 1.0.0 is now available for download from

What is xfdashboard?

xfdashboard provides a GNOME shell dashboard like interface for use with
Xfce desktop. It can be configured to run to any keyboard shortcut and
when executed provides an overview of applications currently open
enabling the user to switch between different applications. The search
feature works like Xfce's app finder which makes it convenient to search
for and start applications.


Release notes for 1.0.0
xfdashboard-1.0.0 "3652 days, 10 years + 2135 commits + 83 releases
results in 1.0.0" or short "Now I'm ready! :D" was released on

This is the first stable major version 1.0.0.

* New feature: Introduces XfdashboardSettings as settings object
  for libxfdashboard. This is the first step to turn libxfdashboard
  into a real library and removes xfconf as dependency from it but
  it is still needed for the application and settings application
  to store settings permanently as XfdashboardSettings is just a
  in-memory storage.
* New feature: Introduces XfdashboardPluginSettings as settings
  object for plugins like XfdashboardSettings is for the library.
* New feature: Move XfdashboardApplication out of library
  libxfdashboard into application xfdashboard and turn
  libxfdashboard into a complete library
* New feature: Implemented a new color class XfdashboardGradientColor
  which support solid colors (single colors) and path gradients. Path
  gradient will follow a path (the outline) and draw a gradient
  orthogonal with color stops along this path.
* New feature: Outlines (through XfdashboardoutlineEffect) do now
  use the new XfdashboardGradientColor to support the usual solid
  colors as befeofre as well as a new path gradient.
* New feature: Enhanced new color class XfdashboardGradientColor
  to support also linear gradients besided solid colors
  (single colors) and path gradients. Added support to specify
  colors for XfdashboardGradientColor in CSS.
* New feature: New search provider plugin "recently used" to search
  through list of recently used files provided by GTK+ recent-used
* New feature: New plugin "autopin-windows" which will automatically
  pin each window moved to any non-primary monitor and unpins them if
  moved to primary monitor. This plugins runs in daemon mode only
* New feature: Added a new property "visibility", which is stylable,
  to XfdashboardActor, so each actor inherits this new stylable
  property. This stylable property controls if an actor should be
  visible if requested to using clutter_actor_show(). Setting
  "visibility" to false is similar to "display: none;" for CSS of
  HTML while setting it to true will allow the actor to be shown.
* New feature: Added new actions for key bindings to add, remove,
  toggle or apply CSS classes to a target actor at runtime. Using
  it by default to switch between list and icon mode at application
  view with <Ctrl>-i for icon mode and <Ctrl>-l for list mode
  when application view has the focus. (#16)

* Fixed crashes with animations when user disabled animations in
  settings (#9)
* Fixed missing $(XFDASHBOARD_DEBUG_CFLAGS) in all files
  except of libxfdashboard and common folder. So debug macros to print
  debug message where empty and not printed at all, e.g. at plugins
* Fixed registering focusable actors from other stage interface as
  the main one for primary monitor. (GH#194)
* Fixed signal definition of "can-suspend" at XfdashboardCore which
  prevented it to return the correct value if suspend is supported.
  It always returned FALSE even if xfdashboard is run in daemon mode
  and stopped to run background and activating some plugin. (GH#197)
* Fixed compiler warning about "'__atomic_load' discards 'volatile'
  qualifier" in g_once_* functions of Glib which was changed in
  releases since 2.66.3
* Fixed crash on start-up if xfdashboard was started for the very
  first time without any settings in xfconf (GH#200)
* Fixed back button not working in sub-menu "all applications" (#21)
* Fixed incorrect allocation for quicklaunch actor when horizontal
  orientation is used. Thanks to michal4132 for the hint where to
  look at ;) (#2)
* Fixed switching to workspace of window being activated when window
  was selected at pop-up menu (#15)
* Fixed intltool lock file bug in make distcheck. Thanks to Simon :)
* Fixed failing to create texture for outlines because either width
  or height is zero (#8)
* Fixed visual bug in default theme drawing wrong fill and outlines
  corners at workspace selector
* Fixed not to draw outlines with rounded corners if background type
  has not set rounded corners, as the fill background method has
  already checked for years
* Fixed AppInfo to match AppStream specification (#4)
* Fixed lots of typos I've done sadly
* Fixed enabling full debug builds again with removal of all deprecated
* Fixed using deprecated function by using g_memdup2() instead of
  g_memdup() when compiling against GLib 2.67.4 or higher
* Changed themes/CSS: Changed default theme to make use of new path
  gradients at outlines. 
* Changed themes/CSS: Improved window placements in
  XfdashboardWindowsView by centering windows in usused space of last

* Enhancement: Do not compile and install the "example-search-provider"
  plugin anymore but include sources and Makefile example (now called in distribution file. Should make life easier
  for packagers ;) ... and for users as this plugin is useless ;)
* Enhancement: Dropped support of Xfconf legacy (versions below 4.13.0)
  because of new XfdashboardSettings and XfdashboardPluginSettings
  object. Therefore also the dependency on dbus-glib was dropped which
  was needed for Xfconf legacy.
* Enhancement: Removed all xfdashboard_*_get_default() function to
  access singleton instances of the subsystems/component, like plugins
  manager etc., as these singleton instances should now to access
  through XfdashboardCore and its xfdashboard_core_get_*(...) functions
* Enhancement: Background fill color of XfdashboardBackground as well
  outline color of XfdashboardOutlineEffect do support all types of new
  color class XfdashboardGradientColor, i.e solid colors, linear
  gradients and path gradients
* Enhancement: Improved algorithm to detect application and determine
  its desktop file (*.desktop) for X11 windows by checking for the X
  atom called "_GTK_APPLICATION_ID" at X11 window properties and at
  Linux also lookup executable file from /proc filesystem in
  database. For *BSD unixes I need help!
* Enhancement: Plugins can now use the debug infrastructure of
* Enhancement: Configuration and data files for application added to
  XfdashboardSettings and also added to plugins for plugin-specific
  configuration and data filesystem
* Enhancement: Implemented function to set "urgent" state at X11
* Simplied animation creation and usage (or not if disabled) by
  returning an empty animation object which the "done" signal can be
  connected to
* Disabled applications-search-provider statistics as it uses a file
  instead of settings object or similar and does not work with new
  XfdashboardSettings object.
* Prepared for newer libxfce4util (version 4.17.2 or higher) which
  changed function xfce_append_quoted to xfce_g_string_append_quoted

* And many, many and several and a lot of smaller bug-fixes
* Lots of more API documentation

* Thanks to all contributors on the way to this major release. It were
  not many commits but very meaningful ones :)

* A hugh thanks you to all translators out there for their great
  work of creating and updating translations:
  be, bg, ca, da, de, el, es, et, eu, fr, gl, he, id, it, ja, ko, lt,
  nb, nl, pl, pt, pt_BR, ru, sl, sq, sr, sv, tr, zh_CN

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