Xfce4-terminal 0.8.8 has been released

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This bigger than expected update to this light-weight terminal emulator made with Xfce in mind comes days after the release of Xfce 4.14pre2. There are a lot of bug fixes and some supposedly new keyboard shortcut defaults.

Do note that you do not actually need Xfce to use Xfce4-terminal, it is a comfortable light-weight terminal emulator which works just fine in any desktop environment or window-manager.

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Changelog story includes "Enable Ctrl+(Shift)+Tab as Next/Prev Tab shortcuts" which has worked just fine in Xfce4-terminal as well as other terminal emulators like KDE's konsole since forever. Even mrxvt has that. Xfce4-terminal 0.8.7.4 has got it for sure and the same holds true for a few other features listed as new in the changelog. Thus; we suspect that the following list of "What's new" in Xfce-terminal 0.8.8 includes everything new since some ancient version of Xfce-terminal like 0.8.7.0. Some items, like "Allow to move tabs between windows by dragging them onto the terminal area", are in fact new to version 0.8.8. That didn't work in the previous version.

Release Notes for Xfce4-terminal 0.8.8

  • Do not show "Rewrap on resize" option for vte>=0.58: it's been deprecated, rewrapping on resize will always be enabled. (bug #15562)
  • Drop support of Unicode encodings other than UTF-8 (bug #15377)
  • Fix the size of drop-down window after it's been in fullscreen mode (bug #15240)
  • Convert LF to CR when feeding text * this fixes pasting text to some apps (see https://gitlab.gnome.org/GNOME/vte/issues/106)
  • Save accelerators map on exit (bug #15201)
  • Add support for the Tab key in shortcuts (by default, GTK doesn't allow that)
  • Do not resize the window when it's vertically maximized (bug #10551)
  • Add action to switch to last active tab (bug #15201)
  • Respect Xfce monospace font setting (bug #15202)
  • Dropdown window was session saved and restored as a normal window if it was the only one (bug #11362)
  • Preferences: Align controls on the General tab
  • Implement "Unsafe Paste" dialog (bug #13252)
  • Enable Ctrl+(Shift)+Tab as Next/Prev Tab shortcuts (bug #15092)
  • Add an option to use system theme colors for text and background (bug #14808)
  • Search dialog improvements: Enable "Wrap around" by default; Make "Find Next"/"Find Previous" menu items respect search settings; Make buttons use menu item accelerators; Allow to set opacity (min 10%) (bug #15124)
  • Fix handling of OSC-10 escape sequence (bold text color) (bug #15019)
  • Refine the wording for "opacity not available" (bug #14904)
  • Add a space character after a dragged filename or URL (bug #14849)
  • Support monitoring of the terminalrc file even it's a symlink (bug #14698)
  • Fix the "Close tab" button: When the "Close tab" button got clicked in the "Confirm close" dialog, the entire window (instead of just the current tab) got closed (bug 14645)
  • Preferences: remove dependency on libxfce4ui
  • Fix typo in the .desktop file (bug #14594)
  • Improve .desktop files for GNOME (bug #14575)
  • Fix a small typo in the manpage
  • JIT compile regexes (taken from gnome-terminal). This allows to recognize longer and more complex URLs.
  • Update terminal regexes from gnome-terminal (regex: Allow apostrophes in URLs, except when enclosed between them)
  • Allow to move tabs between windows by dragging them onto the terminal area
  • When detaching a tab from a drop-down window, resize the new window to the default geometry
  • Reset activity indicator for the active tab when focusing window
  • Distinguish terminal settings from the actual terminal entry in the menu (bug #14456)
  • When closing an active tab, switch to the previously active one
  • Tab title color feature improvements: add action, restore the color when unclosing a tab, fix the color picker dialog's name, add Reset button
  • Some parts of the --help output were not translated
  • Restore terminal colors when unclosing a tab
  • New translations: Armenian (Armenia), Interlingue
  • Translation updates: Albanian, Arabic, Asturian, Basque, Belarusian, Bulgarian, Catalan, Chinese (China), Chinese (Taiwan), Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (Australia), English (United Kingdom), Finnish, French, Galician, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Kazakh, Korean, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian Bokmal, Occitan, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Uighur, Ukrainian

That's a very long list of changes. Xfce and it's various components is making slow and steady progress. The most popular Linux desktop environment is far from dead.


published 2019-07-03last edited 2019-07-03


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