In the GTK+ world, we have many lightweight music players, such as Audacious. While migrating to Qt, some people might want a Qt-based alternative for use in LXDE-Qt. Fortunately, we have Qmmp. Here are screenshots from their website. They provides the old-school WinAmp-like skins, or you can install the qmmp-plugin-pack to get the foobar2000-like simple UI.
The music player looks very suitable for LXDE-Qt, but it has some known problems, one of which is higher CPU usage then similar music players (mainly Audacious). To improve that, I spent two days hacking and found some potential solutions so I share them here.
If you love qmmp, try to see if the solutions provided here solve your problems.
The LXQt project is steadily developed. While the image viewer lximage-qt just got some polishing lately, the Qt port of PCManFM file manager also reaches a quite usable state.
Some notable changes are:
Though we don’t have a stable release yet, basically the feature set of the Qt port is quite close to the earlier 1.0 version of the gtk+ version. Users interested to the project are encouraged to test the latest code in our git repo. Patches are always welcomed!
Here is a guide for building lxqt components from git.
The image viewer of LXQt (LXDE-Qt) has been improved much recently. Here is the latest screenshot.
Here is a brief list of recent changes:
The image viewer is fully functional and usable now. At the same time, other LXQt components are getting some more updates as well. Though there are no formal releases of LXQt yet, the latest code in git already works pretty well. Please stay tunned!
Hard at work and huge changes were served. Below you’ll find the NEWS files for PCManFM and libfm, usually we post the git log and link the commit IDs to the log but that is not possible this time, the NEWS files combined are 4800 words!
PCManFM – full git log
Those items have not be in the Desktop folder, they will be added to the view by desktop manager internally. Corresponding config options are ‘show_trash’, ‘show_documents’, ‘show_mounts’ – those are set in
the desktop config for each monitor. Default is true for ‘show_trash’ and false for other items. Note that all those items are not links of any kind but folders itself so weird operations with them may lead to weird results. This feature will work only if linked against libfm 1.2.0 or newer.
Those limitations are due to lightweight nature of the file manager and otherwise counting will take too much resources.
libfm – full git log
Folder creation and deletion operations are disabled if used with libmenu-cache older than 0.5.0 because you cannot see hidden folders with older libmenu-cache and therefore you cannot see newly created folder too (empty folders are hidden from menu in accordance with XDG menu specification).
An unusual update. Andriy posted a note to the pcmanfm development list about the upcoming release of PCManFM and libfm components. He has been hard at work closing bugs and adding features and in hopes to release in time for the next Ubuntu freeze we’ve now entered soft string freeze. This means that no new features will be added and most strings are stable enough to be translated. In about two weeks a solid freeze happens and no strings will change (hopefully we’ve found all hard to translate cases by then). If you want to help test drive the new code (build from source: pcmanfm-1.2.0-beta1.tar.xz libfm-1.2.0-beta4.tar.xz) or add to the translation effort we do welcome that.
If nothing very evil happens a new and shiny PCManFM 1.2.0 will be out early February.
And not every day the release and log sync works as expected. The early testing did not reveal that we had a horrible bug in the settings dialog. This is the only real change since 0.5.4.
lxappearance-0.5.5.tar.xz, sha1sum: 5497886d84bfdac0c18709e076b4acd96caba912
Changelog (except translations)
58b13aa – Fix crash: button id ‘enable_antialising’ not found in UI.