Next Slackware release vs. Xfce 4.12

Olivier Fourdan fourdan at
Tue Feb 3 18:19:17 CET 2015

On 3 February 2015 at 18:07, Maximilien Noal <noal.maximilien at> wrote:
> Le 03/02/2015 17:54, Olivier Fourdan a écrit :
>> But if that's not fast enough, feel free to contribute.
> At one point I wanted to contribute. But then I realized that the code was
> foreign to me. That I didn't know anything about what the code was talking
> about (Xorg bugs, Glib, GTK, Xfce libs, etc. ...), and that almost no
> documentation/tutorials  were available on the Web.

gtk is pretty well documented.

> Basically, as essentially a Web / Qt dev I had a high fence in front of me
> and no tools to overcome it.
> As a comparison, when I tried Qt, it was easier : lots of docs and
> tutorials, no uncommented and existing code which gives you a headache from
> the start, etc.
> I would tell myself to do things one at a time : play with Xorg, then Glib,
> then GTK, then a small Xfce panel plugin, etc. But that's still an
> impossible task when you have essentially zero documentation. :/

Writing documentation is already contributing. Contribution is not just code.

> How come one becomes a fully qualified Xfce dev ? (come to think of it, I
> have the same question for KDE devs)
> That's what I'd like to know !

It's pretty much the same with any open source project, start with
little contributions.


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