Renaming of Xfce components

Ali Abdallah aliov at
Wed Apr 1 23:19:32 CEST 2009

Jannis Pohlmann wrote:
> Hey,
> we've been struggling to get our libraries and applications used
> outside Xfce in the past. The limited user base caused by this makes it
> especially difficult for us to attract new contributors.
> In an IRC meeting we had yesterday we've decided to strip "xfce"
> from the names of some of our components and replace it with something
> more generic that doesn't prevent people from using the libraries.
> I've made a start last week already by announcing that libxfce4menu
> will be renamed to gdesktopmenu:
> Other renamings we have planned, all of which follow the "gtk", "glib",
> "gio", "gnio" naming style:
>   libxfce4util    => gutil
>   libxfcegui4     => gui
>   xfce4-session   => gsession
>   xfconf          => xdgconf (to emphasize that it should become the
>                               config system backed up by
>                               in the near future)
> I hope you all agree with me that this is once again a big step forward
> for Xfce as a whole. It underlines our urge to play a more important
> role in the cross desktop sector.
In my opinion this shouldn't happen, other desktops use the same naming 
schema, it is just a good way to know this library is coming from where, 
i think if we can remove the version number from all the Xfce components 
will be a better choice, but again it is up to you guys.

> Cheers,
> Jannis
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