It’s always a real pleasure to work on different desktop environments. In the 17.2 cycle, Xfce was upgraded to version 4.12 and brought a lot of nice features. One thing immediately caught my attention because both the Xfce and the Cinnamon teams had worked on improving power management… and that was the presence of manufacturer data in the power settings and applet.
That’s something we missed in Cinnamon 2.6, I guess we didn’t really think about it, and so that’s something we just added for the upcoming Cinnamon 2.8.
Some devices report their brand and model names. In the screenshot above for instance, what was described as a “wireless mouse” in Cinnamon 2.6 is now described more accurately as a Logitech M325.
Of course, not all manufacturers fill in that data. A Sony PS4 controller for instance doesn’t report any model or vendor info and consequently appears as a generic “battery”.
Still… other than the fact that it gives a tad more info, this is good news for people with multiple rechargeable devices of the same class (which previously had the same label) and/or multiple batteries.