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I scoured through synaptic and google trying to find if there was a package that would allow getting notified of updates in xfce.
I saw one possible solutions as xfapplet, but it appears to be only available in squeeze and sid.
The XfApplet Plugin is a plugin for the Xfce 4 Panel which allows one to use applets designed for the Gnome Panel inside the Xfce Panel. You can think of XfApplet as a tiny Gnome Panel that lives inside the Xfce Panel and allows you to show the same applets that the Gnome Panel is capable of showing.
I tried building from source, but after I satisfied most dependencies, it got stuck on libpanel-applet-dev, and wouldn't complete the ./configure.
I finally cobbled together my own solution this morning:
I don't use XFCE on a regular basis, but I think you can use update-notifier on XFCE (at least, it worked last time I tried). Once you've installed it you will probably have to add it to the startup XFCE services.
Thanks, odiseo. I found update-notifier under the section Gnome Desktop Environment and it only needed a few deps so I installed it. Then I went to settings -> session and startup -> application autostart and saw it in the list and auto-magically checked.
I would expect that will work, so I'm going to mark the thread solved.
dpkg -l gnome-packagekit
|/ Err?=(none)/Reinst-required (Status,Err: uppercase=bad)
||/ Name Version Architecture Description
ii gnome-packagek 3.14.0-1 i386
deb ftp://debian.cites.illinois.edu/pub/debian/ jessie main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ jessie/updates main contrib non-free
deb ftp://debian.cites.illinois.edu/pub/debian/ jessie-updates main contrib non-free
deb ftp://ftp.deb-multimedia.org jessie main non-free
I'm not using XFCE or gnome-packagekit/update-notifier (I manually upgrade my system through the CLI every day), but according to this link (post #11), GTK is compatible with gnome-session only. Not sure if there is a fix for this though, but it might be worth to check the link.