Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Xfce 4.12 packages for Fedora 22

Beta freeze is upon us for Fedora 22 (tomorrow). For those already running Fedora 22, take some time to test Xfce 4.12 on Fedora 22 and report any bugs that you encounter. 

Hopefully, we can solve all issues before F22 final release ..

Happy testing!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

xfdashboard behavior in Fedora 22

Since Fedora 22 has clutter-1.21, xfdashboard does not launch as before. A small workaround is needed to launch xfdashboard in Fedora 22 [1].

Here it is,

$ CLUTTER_BACKEND=x11 xfdashboard

This has already been reported and the workaround is from upstream report.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Xfce 4.12 COPR availbale for Fedora 20 and 21

A COPR repo for Xfce 4.12 is now ready for Fedora 21 and 20. The link to the COPR repo is

If you are one of those using dnf on Fedora 21, the repo can be enabled using

dnf copr enable nonamedotc/xfce412

Alternatively, visit the link above and download the .repo file and add it to /etc/yum.repos.d.

New package: xfce4-pulseaudio-plugin is a new panel plugin that is available in this repo.


  •  If you have my xfce411 COPR repo enabled, disable it. That repo will go away very soon. 
  •  xfce4-mixer in xfce411 COPR repo is version 4.11 whereas one in xfce412 repo is xfce4-mixer-4.10.x. This might need uninstalling the 4.11 version followed by installing the older version from 412 repo.

Please report all bug reports related to packages in this COPR repo directly to me. Please do NOT bugzilla for these packages.

Alternatively, use Fedoraforums (this link) - http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=303372

Enjoy testing!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Xfce 4.12 available in Fedora Rawhide

The awesome Xfce DE had a stable release yesterday. Version 4.12.

Xfce 4.12 is now available in Fedora Rawhide. All the core packages and most of the plugins are now built and ready to be tested. Ideally, they should land in tonight's rawhide live images.

If there are no show stoppers, we will build the packages for Fedora 22 the coming week and see if we can get the change approved in time.One bug we are already aware of is with respect to mousepad (https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=1197504). Other than this, nothing seems broken (at least as far as I can tell).

Give Xfce 4.12 a spin on Rawhide. The more testing we get, the better it would be for stable releases.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Playing with plymouth themes

In the quest for beautification of the few second boot up of the system, I wanted to play with some of the readily available plymouth themes.

 To see the list of available themes,

# plymouth-set-default-theme -l | sort

To change the current theme,

# plymouth-set-default-theme -R {theme-name} && dracut --force

Here are some screenshots -



hot dog



xfdashboard settings

In one of my previous posts, I had included instructions for using different themes with xfdashboard. With update to version 0.3.7, xfdashboard has a graphical settings manager.

Here are some screenshots - I believe they are fairly self explanatory.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Thanks systemd folks!

I have a small computer setup at home. I have three laptops one of which is my "server". Nothing fancy - just runs owncloud and mediawiki for my use around the house. The "server" runs RHEL-7 while my other two laptops run Fedora 21 Xfce

The reason for this post is - ever since I setup my little server, my appreciation for systemd has gone up significantly. It has been incredibly easy to setup everything I wanted, as I wanted. I have no idea about large enterprise level networks - for my setup - it's hands down amazing!

One thing I have done ever since I started using Linux (not very long ago) was look at system logs. With journalctl, I feel, monitoring logs is much easier. The man page is easy to read, fairly clear and very easy to filter the logs!

Long story short - Thanks folks for a quality product! Kudos!