Hello Linux Geeksters. Whisker Menu is an innovative alternative for the XFCE default menu, including a modern search bar and enabling users to easily access all the installed apps from the system, or access applications by categories. It also remembers the last 10 used applications.
The latest version available is Whisker 1.5.0, which has been recently released, bringing an option to adjust the background opacity and allows to search xfce settings manager items.
- Fix search activation to allow input methods
- Fix broken menu when closed by window manager
- Fix unnecessary assignment to NULL
- Fix possible null pointer dereference
- Add option to set background opacity
- Add command to edit profile
- Add profile picture
- Add customizable limit for recently used
- Add support for non-square panel button icon
- Add items of Xfce settings manager to allow searching
- Expand subcategories when activated
- Load default settings from XDG location
- Make launchers executable when they are added to desktop
- Rearrange options in configuration dialog
- Refactor list page code
- Rename option for including favorites in recently used
- Rename option to use single panel row
- Rename button to match default menu applet
- Use a single instance of the garcon menu
- Translation updates: Bulgarian, Catalan, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish, Chinese (Taiwan)
For more information, see this page.
In this article I will show you how to install Whisker Menu 1.5.0 on Xubuntu 15.04 Vivid Vervet, Xubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Xubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Xubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17.1 Rebecca XFCE, Linux Mint 17 Petra XFCE and Linux Mint 13 Maya XFCE.
Because it is available via PPA, installing Whisker Menu 1.5.0 on Xubuntu and Linux Mint XFCE systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and instal the whisker-menu-plugin package.
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin
For Linux Mint 17.1 and Linux Mint 17, we have to make the system download the package from the PPA, because a previous version of Whisker Menu is pinned:
$ sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin/trusty
To start the Whisker Menu, do:
$ xfce4-panel --restart
Optional, to remove Whisker Menu, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin