Xfce 4.6 ALPHA ('Pinkie') Released!!!
stephan at xfce.org
Sun Sep 14 14:16:57 CEST 2008
After about 18 months of development, we are pleased to announce the release
of Xfce 4.6 ALPHA, codename 'Pinkie'.
Xfce 4.6 is going to be the next major release of the Xfce desktop
environment. The previous release was 4.4 with the last bugfix release
being 4.4.2 released in December 2007.
The release schedule for Xfce 4.6 is available to the public on
Xfce 4.6 comes with a lot of new components, some of them replacing old
code and some of them being completely new. A preliminary ChangeLog for
the alpha release can be found at
There is also a page which contains general information about the
components of Xfce 4.6 and changes that are supposed to go into 4.6:
* libxfce4mcs => xfconf
* xfce-mcs-manager => xfconf, xfce4-settings
* xfce-mcs-plugins => xfce4-settings
* xfce4-mixer => xfce4-mixer (rewrite)
* xfce4-appfinder => xfce4-appfinder (rewrite)
* libxfce4menu (used by xfdesktop and xfce4-appfinder)
Excerpt of new features:
* While Xfce 4.4 shipped a centralized settings storage system with
dynamically loaded plugins, 4.6 features a D-Bus based settings
daemon (xfconfd). All settings dialogs are just standalone
applications now which makes the whole platform more flexible. You
can now much easier write a settings dialog and remove/add
components from/to Xfce.
* In addition to xfconf and the settings dialogs being ported to
xfconf, there will also be tools addressed to users who would you
like to have direct access to the settings. There is a shell
application xfconf-query which allows to list/get/set properties
and a graphical settings editor is in development and will most
likely be part of 4.6 as well.
* We have tried to make the keyboard shortcuts settings more
transparent to the user. Shortcut themes have been completely
dropped and there are dialogs now which help resolving conflicting
shortcuts between xfce4-settings (command shortcuts) and xfwm4
(window manager shortcuts).
* The settings dialogs will be available as standalone apps but they
will also support embedding into the main Xfce settings dialog
which helps making the desktop less intrusive.
* In 4.4 xfdesktop used a pseudo-fd.o-compliant menu system. In 4.6
this is replaced by libxfce4menu which aims at implementing the
fd.o menu spec. It's still in development but covers enough of the
specification already to replace the old code.
* The volume control (xfce4-mixer) has been replaced with a
completely new mixer based on GStreamer 0.10. This removes the need
to maintain support code for different sound architectures and also
provides some new features.
Xfce 4.6 is going to depend on GTK+ 2.10 and GLib 2.12. There are some
optional features available with more recent versions like with the
tooltips API of GTK+ 2.12. Some of the (optional or not optional)
dependencies introduced by core components include:
* gstreamer 0.10
* gstreamer-plugins-base 0.10
* libnotify >= 0.4.0
* hal-storage >= 0.5.7
* libstartup-notification-1.0 >= 0.5
* libglade-2.0 >= 2.0.0
* dbus-glib-1 >= 0.72
* dbus-1 >= 1.0.0
* libwnck-1.0 >= 2.12
* cairo >= 1.0.0
* xrandr >= 1.1.0
For a complete list, look here:
As this is a development-release, we do not claim it is perfect. Here
is a list of issues we have already identified:
* Some Xfce Menu items are unsorted.
* xfdesktop and xfce4-menu-plugin can crash when installing new
.desktop files or icons.
* xfwm4 does not use the keyboard shortcuts configured in the settings dialog.
* xfce4-settings-editor cannot be used to edit settings.
It does show some of them though.
* Due to a bug in xfce4-settings-editor using the wrong API, it depends
on glib 2.14 instead of 2.12.
* Workspaces settings dialog is missing the margins settings.
* Workspaces settings dialog cannot set workspace names.
* Icons for app launchers are not shown properly on the desktop.
* "Help" buttons in settings dialogs aren't hooked up yet.
Downloading Xfce 4.6 ALPHA
Getting excited? You can download xfce 4.6 alpha from here:
We hope you have a lot of fun trying out this new Xfce. If you find
any issues, don't hesitate to check out http://bugzilla.xfce.org/ and
look for the bug, or submit a new report if your issues are not
The Xfce development team
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