I never need my user name to be shown on the desktop as I am the only one to use my computer. I'd prefer if there would be something like a shutdown icon instead of the user name to open the session menu. How to achieve this in XUbuntu 11.10?
You can remove the session menu and add an item called 'Action Button' instead. Per default, it will display the usual xfce log-out menu (same as the main menu item).
If this is too pristine, you can add a custom launcher and add the various commands supported by xfce4-session-logout: (excerpt from
-l, --logout Log out without displaying the logout dialog -h, --halt Halt without displaying the logout dialog -r, --reboot Reboot without displaying the logout dialog -s, --suspend Suspend without displaying the logout dialog --hibernate Hibernate without displaying the logout dialog -f, --fast Log out quickly; don't save the session
N.b.: This is from xubuntu 11.04, should still work in 11.10.