[Stable Update] 2021-01-19 - Kernels, XFCE, Plasma, PulseAudio, Pipewire, Mesa, Firefox, Thunderbird, KDE Apps

Thanks for your guidance. Vanilla pulseaudio now installed and everything is working. Had to use the typically ill-advised pacman -Rdd command to remove pulseaudio-git, which was nervewracking. But since I installed the pulseaudio package from the stable update at the same time, no dependencies appear to be broken. Everything now working as expected with the repo package, just as you suggested. And I’m happy to now be able to use an official package for such an essential aspect of the system.

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On my system I had to remove “vulkan-intel” since Path of Exile was trying to use the integrated GPU instead of my Radeon RX570 while on Vulkan render.

@philm Recommended or not, kernel 5.10.x should be marked as LTS

It will be once 5.11 is released. See https://www.kernel.org/

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The XFCE power manager now uses battery icons that display charge in 10% increments (like in gnome). So you need an icon theme that has the status icons like “battery-level-10-symbolic” and so on.

Like in the papirus icon theme:

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XFCE edition, 5.10:

Overall: GOOD, working

Minor problems:

  1. Some icons for the updated applications got deleted from my Favourites in the start menu
  2. qt4 seems to be bugged and can’t update - probably a never ending cycle.

@Jazz But I read somewhere here that qt4 is no longer needed? Like the whole package? So qt4 4.8 can be safely removed from the system?

And what about the size of its icon? Also if I change the icon theme, its icon remain the same, bigger than before:


This didn’t work, at least for me: the size of the icon’s battery is still big

Reported on upstream:

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Hi, after update (KDE Plasma env.) I’m missing “Documents” folder in my /home folder. Is that possible???

$ pactree -rl qt4
$ pactree -rl qt5-base
[ heaps of packages ]

According to this, you may be right. I don’t think I need any of those qt4 packages from above.

I have a general freeze, even with light usage. I had only a couple of tabs open and the computer froze twice in an hour, which was unthinkable before the update.
It freezes the screen badly, not even the pointer moves, and after sometime the sound stops working too.
It’s so bad I am not even able to switch to another tty!
I can post inxi on request, but since some friends had the same issue, we believe it’s something to do with the update.
It’s an AMD GPU.
Related issues:

I’m downgrading.

the update seems to have gone well for the most part.
i rebooted and it was fine,then i rebooted again and it was really slow to shutdown,so i looked in KSystemlog and saw a long error related to Baloo;same as what these persons:

i think i’ll just disable Baloo.
Baloo status is inactive and file indexer isn’t running,so idk,

Last update working perfectly with kernel 5.4 and 5.10 (with nvidia 340 driver, installed using the terminal as explained in the forum and not through AUR). Until now I have not had any freeze as I used to have in the past

I like the elementary Xfce dark icons and would like to keep them. I can’t imagine that this shouldn’t be possible anymore. It would be nice if someone could help me with this issue.

Finally I voted the poll: No issue, everything went smoothly :slightly_smiling_face:

The first thing that I’ve done after the updates has been to install libxfce4ui-nocsd (I had already installed Gtk3-classic from AUR - now again available in the official repo); I also had to set DialogsUseHeader to false in
Settings Editor > xsettings > Gtk, which is easily doable by executing xfconf-query -c xsettings -p /Gtk/DialogsUseHeader -s false in a Terminal window.

I didn’t faced issues with lost settings in Whisker Menu; I didn’t lost the battery icon(s) - my icon theme has the “level” icons for battery (battery-level-*-symbolic.svg).

Some minor annoyance was the fact that some other icons, like eg the “Show Desktop” have changed the name scheme: previously was named show-desktop.svg and was available in the icon theme folder; now is take from /usr/share/hicolor/32x32/apps/ and is named org.xfce.panel.showdesktop.svg; so I copied the previous icon from icon theme folder, as ~/.icons/hicolor/32x32/apps/org.xfce.panel.showdesktop.svg and is like before :slightly_smiling_face:
And as I’ve said above, the battery icon in the panel is big/huge.

Obviously I also run PACDIFF and the only pacnew was the one of dnscrypt-proxy, which for me has only introduced new phrases in the config file.

Xfce 4.16 seems to acting better than before: is blatantly faster/smooth; the panels are improved (before, when set to auto-hide, they had the tendency to not hide/unhide properly).


Now, the panels, when set to autohide, they have a fade out animation, which, by default, imho, is too slow.
Is possible speed it up by adding the following code to ~/.config/gtk-3.0/gtk.css:

.xfce4-panel {
  -XfcePanelWindow-popup-delay: 100;
  -XfcePanelWindow-popdown-delay: 10;

Or by further lowering these values.

(personally I prefer -XfcePanelWindow-popup-delay: 5 and -XfcePanelWindow-popdown-delay: 2;)

KDE with USB Tethering looses connection and can crash TaskBar

USB Tethering with an Android 6.1 smart phone, looses connection after a few minutes.
First it connects successfully as “wired connection 2” then - from what I can see from
the network icon in the TastBar - it turns on “Mobile Network” and looses connection.
Clicking on the network “Wired connection 2” CRASHES the TaskBar,
which will recover after a few minutes.

Operating System: Manjaro Linux
KDE Plasma Version: 5.20.5
KDE Frameworks Version: 5.78.0
Qt Version: 5.15.2
Kernel Version: 5.4.89-1-MANJARO
OS Type: 64-bit
Processors: 2 × Intel® Core™2 CPU T5500 @ 1.66GHz
Memory: 1,9 GiB of RAM
Graphics Processor: Mesa DRI Intel® 945GM

I’m having the same issue on my laptop. Pamac takes 60 seconds before it launches. It launched instantly before the update
Installation date of Manjaro was 04/10/2020.
Kernel: 5.4.89-1-MANJARO x86_64 bits: 64 compiler: gcc v: 10.2.1
Desktop: KDE Plasma 5.20.5 Distro: Manjaro Linux
Device-1: Intel 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated
Hope this gets fixed soon!

Same here. Here is a screenshot of what it looks like. The first Konsole icon is a Widget added to the panel, and the the other icons are running programs. The size of the Widget icon size is what the running program icons looked like before. Also, like you said I tried changing the Icon size in the Task Manager Settings but it does nothing.