Xfce 4 Release Candidate #3 is now available

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at xfce.org
Wed Aug 27 01:18:49 CEST 2003

RELEASE NOTES - Xfce 4.0-rc3

What is it?

Xfce 4 is a desktop environment for UNIX-like operating systems. It aims
to be fast and lightweight, while still being visually appealing and
easy to use. 

It is based on the GTK+ toolkit version 2 and aims to adhere to the
standards defined on http://www.freedesktop.org.

Xfce 4 consists of a number of components that together provide the full
functonality of the desktop environment. The modular design allows you
to pick and choose from the available packages to create the best
personal working environment.

Xfce 4 is all free software. Each component is released under one of the
following licenses: the BSD license, the GNU LGPL or the GNU GPL.

Visit the website at http://www.xfce.org for more information.

Where to get it

* All-in-one fat tarballs are available from Sourceforge : 
* Individual packages are available from xfce.org website :

What is new?

Xfce 4.0-rc3 is the third release candidate for the next generation of
the XFce desktop environment. If no show stopper is found in this is 
release candidate, it is intended to become 4.0.

General features of the Xfce 4 Desktop Environment:

    * Based on GTK2: improved general appearance, antialiased fonts.
    * Modular design: pick and choose from the available packages.
    * Development platform: Xfce 4 provides a set of libraries that make
      it easy to create programs that fit in with the desktop
      environment, providing utility functions, widgets and dialogs and
      a global preferences framework.
    * Standards compliant window manager with great themeing
      capabilities, and a lot of themes to go with it.
    * Improved panel with horizontal and vertical mode, autohide and a
      plugin framework for third-party add-ons.
    * Filemanager with integrated SMB network browser.
    * Settings manager for global preferences of Xfce 4 components and
      user interface settings.
    * A number of additional packages like a taskbar, an iconbox and a
      printer dialog.

Xfce 4 is a complete rewrite from Xfce 3 and both environments can be
installed at the same time.

Summary of changes between rc2 and rc3

    * Fix a number of hard to find window management bugs.
    * Fix menubutton and iconbutton behaviour in libxfcegui4: no more
      flicker and unnecessary resizing.
    * Some fixes for autohide and reorientation of the panel
    * New default configuration for the panel
    * Use Xfce gtk theme by default
    * Improved handling of fullscreen windows.
    * Fixes to notification area/system tray implementation
    * Change buttons for desktop mouse menu: right click opens menu,
      middle click opens window list
    * Updated documentation
    * New default configuration for the panel and taskbar

Olivier Fourdan - fourdan at xfce.org
   Interoperability is the keyword, uniformity is a dead end. 

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