FYI: 4.7 panel and plugins

Nick Schermer nickschermer at
Tue May 26 10:31:36 CEST 2009

2009/5/26 Brian J. Tarricone <bjt23 at>:
> On 05/26/2009 12:40 AM, Nick Schermer wrote:
>> 2009/5/26 Brian J. Tarricone<bjt23 at>:
>>> Another thing... some of us maintain plugins that we want to be usable
>>> with
>>> both the 4.4/4.6 panel and the new 4.8 panel without lots of extra compat
>>> code.  Is this possible?
>> Yes and no. Not if you maintain it as an external plugin, internal
>> plugin might actually work but I've never tried it (api is the same
>> tho, so it should be possible).
>> To be honest, I hardly care about this. From a maintenance and user
>> experience point of view the new panel is so much better (esp.
>> compared to 4.6) I cannot imagine people stick with 4.6 or 4.4 because
>> of the experience, performance or stability ;-).
> That's rather short-sighted and represents a rather sheltered (to be polite)
> view about how software is deployed in the real world.  We've always tried
> to take backwards-compat seriously here in Xfce-land, and it's unfortunate
> that you don't seem to care.

I do care about this and will only make such a radical change if i
think we will all benefit from this in the end which really is the
case here. Providing both internal and external plugins was a very
good idea (whether you like internal or not), making external plugins
a binary is crap, simply because it can never provide all the
functionality a wrapper can provide.


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