Xfce, GTK+ 3.0 and GSettings

Denis Washington denisw at online.de
Thu Nov 18 11:36:05 CET 2010


This is my first post to this list. My name is Denis Washington, and I 
am an undergraduate CS student from Germany. First of all, I want to 
thank you all for everything you have done to make Xfce so great as it 
is now! I am using the latest git version and really, really love it. 
Congratulations for your archievements!

I would like to ask you about your future plans for Xfce after 4.8, most 

* Is there a plan to port Xfce to GTK+ 3.0 in Xfce 4.10 (or a 
hypothetical 5.0 version)? If I understand correctly, there are not that 
many API changes apart from the removal of deprecated symbols, and the 
port can be done in a mostly backwards-compatible fashion. If such an 
effort is in the makings, I would be willing to help out to make it happen!

* Related to the first question: have you thought about moving from 
xfconf to GSettings? I know that xfconf was just introduced in Xfce 4.6, 
but wouldn't it lower the maintainence burden to use a settings system 
directly built into glib instead of having to develop a seperate one? I 
think this also wouldn't introduce any heavy GNOME dependencies, as 
dconf, the default GSettings backend, only depends on glib. Using 
GSettings might also reduce resource usage when using GNOME applications 
in Xfce because there wouldn't be two daemons running (xfconfd and 
dconfd) but just one. Again, I would love to help here!


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