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Whisker Menu 1.5.0 was released yesterday, bringing new options for setting the background opacity and displaying your profile picture, customizable recently used limit and more, as well as quite a few bug fixes.

WhiskerMenu Xubuntu

Whisker Menu is an application menu / launcher for Xfce that features a search function so you can easily find the application you want to launch. The menu supports browsing apps by category, you can add applications to favorites and more.

The app is used as the default Xubuntu application menu starting with Xubuntu 14.04 (Trusty Tahr) and in Linux Mint Xfce starting with version 15 (Olivia).

Most important changes in the latest Whisker Menu 1.5.0:
  • added option to set background opacity;
  • added profile picture and a command which allows editing the profile picture (via Mugshot);
  • added customizable limit for recently used;
  • added support for non-square panel button icon;
  • added items of Xfce settings manager to allow searching;
  • rearranged options in configuration dialog and renamed some options;
  • expand subcategories when activated;
  • load default settings from XDG location;
  • make launchers executable when they are added to desktop;
  • refactored list page code;
  • use a single instance of the garcon menu;
  • fixed search activation to allow input methods;
  • fixed broken menu when closed by window manager;
  • various other bug fixes and translation updates.

Install Whisker Menu 1.5.0 In Xubuntu Or Linux Mint Xfce

1. To add the official Whisker Menu PPA and install the application in in Xubuntu 15.04, 14.10, 14.04 or 12.04 / Linux Mint 17.1, 17 or 13, use the following commands:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:gottcode/gcppa
sudo apt-get update

2. Then, to install/update Whisker Menu in Xubuntu (any version) or Linux Mint 13, use the command below:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin

The Whisker Menu package is pinned in Linux Mint 17 and 17.1 so a simple update/install won't install the latest version from the PPA, but the latest version available in the Linux Mint repositories (1.4.0). So to install/update to the latest Whisker Menu in Linux Mint 17 or 17.1, use the following command:
sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin/trusty

If for some reason you want to downgrade to the version available in the official Linux Mint repositories, use "sudo apt-get install xfce4-whiskermenu-plugin/rebecca" (or "qiana", depending on your Linux Mint version).

3. And finally, if Whisker Menu was already installed on your system, you'll need to restart the Xfce Panel (or log out and log back in), which can be done by using the following command:
xfce4-panel --restart