Brian J. Tarricone bjt23 at cornell.edu
Tue Aug 12 21:17:51 CEST 2008

Stephan Arts wrote:
> How do you guys feel about releasing xfce 4.6 ALPHA?

I'd *really* like to see settings migration scripts written for all 
ex-MCS apps before we do a release.  I have one for xfdesktop, and I've 
also written one for xsettings that I keep forgetting to commit. 
They're not hard to write, and you can mostly just copy and paste what I 
did for xfdesktop and change the settings names.


People who can't code in C: this is a perfect opportunity to contribute. 
  Even if you don't know perl, doing copy and paste and changing a bunch 
of strings is something you should be able to figure out without too 
much trouble, and it would be a *BIG* help.

Now, I'm still not convinced my approach for migrating settings is the 
best one, but no one's come up with/implemented anything better.  Feel 
free to try.  Personally I'd rather one app (maybe written in C) that 
handles all settings for all known Xfce core component MCS channels, and 
is started by autostart.  That would clutter the autostart dir a bit 
less, and we could just include that app in xfce4-settings.  But... 
someone needs to write it.

Regarding my readiness for an alpha, I wouldn't consider xfdesktop ready 
-- there are several regressions, and missing features (like no working 
backdrop lists).  On the other hand, I've been feeling pretty 
unmotivated to work on it lately, so maybe people complaining about it 
after a release would help :-P .


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