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Xubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn”

After six months of development, the latest version of Xubuntu has been released! Xubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn” features the latest in Xfce development and is the first step towards the next Long Term Support release in 2016.

Here’s 10 new things to look for in the latest release.  For a more comprehensive list of changes and a list of download links, please see the official release announcement and release notes.

Appearance Updates

  1. The login screen received a minor visual refresh and greater customization options.
    LightDM GTK+ Greeter with the latest Greybird theme.
    LightDM GTK+ Greeter with the latest Greybird theme.
  2. The new wallpaper for this release adds a splash of pink to the Xfce mouse.
    The new default wallpaper for Xubuntu 14.10 "Utopic Unicorn"
    The new default wallpaper for Xubuntu 14.10 “Utopic Unicorn”
  3. To celebrate the 14.10 codename “Utopic Unicorn”, pink highlights have been added.  These highlights can be reverted or easily changed to another color with the installed “Theme Configuration” utility.
    Using “Theme Configuration”, you can easily change Xubuntu’s colors to match your mood.

Xfce Updates

  1. Xfce Power Manager 1.4 sports several improvements over previous releases. Brightness controls have been extended to better support backlit keyboards and new laptop displays. The updated panel plugin shows device charge status, adds display brightness controls, and fixes “Presentation Mode” — letting you disable automatic screensavers.
    Xfce Power Manager replaces the Power Indicator for Xubuntu 14.10
    Xfce Power Manager replaces the Power Indicator for Xubuntu 14.10
  2. With the latest Xfce Display Settings, managing multiple monitors is no longer a hassle. Just drag and rearrange the displays to your liking.
    The new drag-and-drop display settings greatly improves multihead support.
    The new drag-and-drop display settings greatly improves multihead support.
  3. With the updated Xfce window manager, the Alt-Tab switcher has been updated with a refreshed appearance and the ability to select windows with your mouse or by touch.
    Even minor features like the Alt-Tab switcher have been improved.
    Even minor features like the Alt-Tab switcher have been improved.
  4. With the latest Whisker Menu and changes to the default configuration, applications in the Settings Manager are now searchable.
    Quickly find and launch any application with the Whisker Menu.
    Quickly find and launch any application with the Whisker Menu.

Application Updates

  1. With Catfish 1.2, previewing files has been greatly simplified. Easily switch between details and preview mode. When the search index becomes outdated, Catfish will also notify you to update.
    Catfish makes searching for images easier with the latest release.
    Catfish makes searching for images easier with the latest release.
  2. Parole 0.7 introduces a new Clutter-based backend and finally supports video playback in Virtualbox. The media controls are now contained in a slide-over overlay (with a configurable timeout).
    Parole's interface is further refined with each new release.
    Parole’s interface is further refined with each new release.
  3. Light Locker Settings has been improved, further integrating with Xfce Power Manager to handle screensaver settings.
    Light Locker Settings can now integrate with other screensaver managers.
    Light Locker Settings can now integrate with other screensaver managers.

 
That’s it for this release, now to get ready for 15.04 “Vivid Vervet”!

Catfish 0.6 Features & Translations

Catfish 0.6 features a complete rewrite, easier translations, and better-than-ever stability and performance.  And if you speak another language besides English, it needs your help.  Find out more!

What’s New in Catfish 0.6?

  • Completely rewritten from the ground-up.
  • Replace the UNIX ‘find’ command with Python’s os.walk.  This makes everything faster and more responsive.  The “Deep Search” button is now also gone.
  • The sidebar now uses the theme style as well as symbolic icons (when available).
  • The interface has also had a number of other tweaks, further refining it into a professional-grade application.
  • File names can now be dragged from the search results into other applications.
  • Files can now be deleted from the results window.
  • To speed things up, these above items and other file actions can now also be performed on multiple files at once.
  • Strings have been simplified and made clearer, making the application easier to translate into other languages.
  • Last but not least, this is the first version of Catfish that can be run with either Python 2 or 3.
Catfish is faster, cleaner, leaner, and meaner.
Catfish is faster, cleaner, leaner, and meaner.

Translations Needed

With the newly-optimized interface and strings, there’s a need for new translations.  There are more strings than ever before, and I think that the number of users is growing as well.  As such, there is a growing need for more localizations than ever before.  And, all of the old translations are no longer compatible...

So, if you or a friend are interested in contributing, improving, or suggesting translations to the next release, check out the Launchpad translations page!  Creating and modifying translations is really as simple as can be with their handy interface.  And hurry, because this next release will likely happen this weekend and will include all completed translations!

What About the Code?

If you’re more interested in looking at or testing the code, you can check it out here.  If you find any bugs, be sure to report them at the Launchpad bugs page.

Thanks for your interest in Catfish!  What do you think?  Let me know in the comments!