Preparations for Xfce 4.8pre1

Jannis Pohlmann jannis at
Tue Nov 2 17:22:27 CET 2010

Hi everyone,

with xfdesktop having been ported to GIO, we are more or less ready for
the long-awaited Xfce 4.8pre1 release. I had a quick chat with Nick and
we've come to the conclusion that next Sunday (2010-11-07) would be a
good day to push 4.8pre1 out to our users.

Fortunately, the independent development releases we've made in the
past reduce the work required to do an Xfce collection release. So
we'll have to do roll development releases for a few components
only, such as Thunar and xfdesktop.

I've updated the release schedule on:

For those who don't want to leave their mail reader, here's a quick
overview over the new schedule.

Updated schedule for Xfce 4.8

  2009-08-16 - 2009-08-30: Planning phase
  2009-08-31 - 2009-09-13: Extended planning phase
               2009-09-13: Dependency freeze

  2009-08-31 - 2010-11-06: Development phase
  2010-11-07 - 2011-01-16: Release phase

               2010-11-07: Xfce 4.8pre1 release / Feature freeze
               2010-12-05: Xfce 4.8pre2 release / String freeze
               2011-01-02: Xfce 4.8pre3 release / Code freeze

               2011-01-16: Xfce 4.8 final release

As I've mentioned before, we'll start making development releases
today, tomorrow and on Thursday. There will be a short code freeze from
Friday to Sunday so that no commits will interfere with the process of
preparing the release.

Important information for maintainers of core components

  * Make sure all features are ready. 4.8pre1 means feature freeze!

  * Please update your NEWS files.

  * Prepare and push new development releases for your components
    before Friday if you want recent changes to be part of Xfce 4.8pre1.

    We will pick the latest development release of each component for
    inclusion in the collection release.

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