Most people probably know the Pulseaudio plugin in the Xfce panel. Previously, its functionality was limited to volume control and mute, both of which could be done using keyboard shortcuts or the mouse. Now Xubuntu Technical Lead and Xfce developer Sean Davis has added a lot of new features to the plugin with version 0.3.0 and 0.3.1:

  • support for the XF86AudioMicMute keyboard shortcut
  • Record volume in the plug-in menu
  • control of media players via MPRIS2
  • Administration for input and output devices

This means that from version 4.14 at the latest, Xfce gets a function that is already familiar from other desktops. The whole thing looks nicely tidy and works very well. There are also some bugfixes, e. g. Sean fixed the oversized icons in the panel.

The source code is available in the Xfce download archive for self-compile. In Debian Experimental the update is already available, it can also be installed without any special dependencies in Debian stable and testing. (Caution is always advised!)
Other distributions will probably follow soon, especially openSUSE Tumbleweed and Archlinux should have the package available soon.