What are the objectives for Xfce 4.4?

Auke Kok sofar at lunar-linux.org
Wed Feb 2 12:50:16 CET 2005

Biju Chacko wrote:

> Brian J. Tarricone wrote:
>> Biju Chacko wrote:
>>> * We need to get rid of the concept that one module == one package. 
>>> The current plethora of packages is a pain and detracts from our 
>>> image of being lightweight. Ideally, we ought to have just 
>>> xfce-core, xfce-applications and xfce-devel. If we do this 
>>> correctly, it should still be possible for people who only want a 
>>> single module (most probably xfwm4) to get only it.
>> I'm not seeing how this would work.  The first part seems to me to be 
>> directly contradictory with the second.  If we have an xfce-core 
>> package, how do you just install xfwm4 out of it?  Think of the 
>> children!  Er... packagers.  I don't want to say "everyone else does 
>> it the single package way, so we should too", but... well, yeah.  
>> It's done this way for a reason, and unless it's demonstrably better 
>> to do it another way (I'm not convinced it is), then it should stay 
>> the same.
> I was thinking that it should still be possible to checkout 
> xfce4/xfwm4 and get a buildable module, nothing more than that.
> [..]
>>> * Move xfcalendar, xfterminal, xfmedia, mousepad into a separate 
>>> project called 'xfce applications'. Add all new utilities to this 
>>> project. Core probably already has all the modules that need to be 
>>> there.
>> Nuh-uh.  I like maintaining Xfmedia on my own website, and that's 
>> where it's gonna stay.
> Thats fine. The point is that there should be a clear focus on what 
> the xfce project does, ie the desktop and only the desktop. 
> Applications should be elsewhere, either in personal cvses like 
> xfmedia or in a common repository for stuff that may be worked on by 
> multiple people.
> -- b

might I suggest something like 'directory.xfce.org' that shows a rather 
static list of Xfce applications and components? Should not be that hard 
to maintain, and can even be wiki based if setup separately of the main 
site. Other alternatives are also possible, and the residence on the 
main site would make it impartial towards xfce-goodies/berlioz... we 
just want to show (as xfce devs) that there are many xfce applications 
out there!


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