Formerly, xfce4-xfapplet-plugin was able to use Gnome panel applets to add functionality to an XFCE4 panel. However, with Fedora 15 came Gnome 3 and the elimination of panel applets in favor of extensions. This means that many of the panel applets are no longer available for use with XFCE.
Unfortunately, this also includes the lock-keys-applet, which enables one with no keyboard LEDs (such as my Acer Aspire One 722 netbook) to be able to see the status of the caps, num, and scroll lock.
Since this functionality is no longer available, xfce4-xfapplet-plugin has become obsolete. However, the need to have a working status indicator for at least the caps key if not also the num lock and scroll lock keys, has not disappeared.
LXDE has a panel plug-in that provides this function. However, I have not been able to find such a panel plug-in for XFCE. I know that there are others out there with netbooks similar to mine. Also, I have read where others like the on-screen display of the status since it does not mean that they have to look at the keyboard to find out.
Please move the effort from maintaining a plugin that the Gnome developers have made obsolete to making a working indicator applet for XFCE.
This is a possible solution to the problem I outlined in submitting this request. If it is accepted, it will render this bug report moot.
Although it looks like the keyboard led status indicator was placed into the list for panel plugins, it is only available as source. For it to be useful, it really needs to be made a part of the XFCE package and available via the normal RPM or DEB installation process and not compiled by the individual after much effort to find and install the various development libraries needed to do so.
Thus, this issue remains very much an active need. Please look at the LXDE keyboard status indicator as an example. One can find it in the available plugins and just use it.
Mass-reassign all bugs from florian@ to goodies-dev@, thanks for the maintenance work! (and sorry for the bugmail spam..)
Closing all xfce4-xfapplet-plugin (archived/deprecated/unmaintained project).