After shifting from Gnome to Xfce one of the things which I missed a lot when browsing the net and when connected to VPN was the netspeed applet which was available in Gnome. So after a quick search I landed on the page where I found the answer. There is a xfce4-netspeed-plugin already in development and can be downloaded and complied.

Here are the steps:

  • Install the dependencies required to compile the xfce4-netspeed-plugin using the command: sudo apt-get install intltool xfce4-dev-tools libxfce4util-dev libgtk2.0-dev libxfcegui4-dev libxfce4util-dev xfce4-panel-dev libgtop2-dev
  • Download and extract plugin source code from xfce4-netspeed-plugin.
  • Navigate to the directory and run the command: ./configure --prefix=/usr && make && sudo make install
  • Last step is to right click on the Xfce panel and select Panel -> Add New Items .. -> NetSpeed Monitor -> Add.