xfce4 development

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at xfce.org
Tue Jan 28 10:23:35 CET 2003

Hi all,

We now should enter a feature freeze for xfce4. 

It doesn't mean that all developpment should stop right now, but rather mean we
should concentrate on cleanup up the code, fixing remaining bugs, chase memory
leaks, implement stuff that have been pending and required for a final release.

All stuff that are not started yet will be kept for 4.2 release. So, for the
menu system and vfolder in xfdesktop, Botsie, if you can quickly write an api
and plugins that can fit in that plan, go ahead. Otherwise, postpone (as you
rightly said, if you can write an api, you don't have to write up all the
plugins, just the mandatory ones).

This apply for a session manager, for example. People can live without a session
manager, which cause a big overhead anyway (ever wonder why gnome and kde take
so long to start ? Partly because of the session manager, remove it and both
start a lot faster)

As for making xfce panel look/behave like window maker/kde/gnome/icewm/whatever,
no thanks. Those projects have maintainers, people are free to go with those if
xfce doesn't fit for them. I don't want xfce to be the kitchen sink of desktop
environments :)

I hope this makes things clearer. xfce4 won't stay in CVS and development state

XFce is a lightweight  desktop  environment  for  various *NIX systems. 
Designed for productivity,  it loads  and  executes  applications fast,
while conserving  system resources. XFce is all free software, released
under GNU General Public License.    Available from http://www.xfce.org

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