Back to Xfce!

Ali Abdallah aliovx at
Wed Oct 7 18:10:31 CEST 2015

I perfectly agree, let's just port things for the moment. As an 
exception, I'll fix the thing of pluggability  as I already have some code.

BTW, while making the configuration of Thunar pluggable, I discovered a 
possible Gtk bug present in version 2 and 3 as well. If you use GtkImage 
with markup link, you don't get anymore the "activate-link" signal when 
you plug in a socket. I submitted a bug report with some minimal code to 
illustrate the bug.


On 10/07/2015 05:17 PM, Simon Steinbeiss wrote:
> Hey Ali and welcome back! :)
> Replying inline...
> On Wed, Oct 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM Ali Abdallah <aliovx at 
> <mailto:aliovx at>> wrote:
>     Dear all,
>     This is just to share with everybody that I'll slowly restart my
>     contributions to my preferred project, Xfce.
>     I'm currently working to make the settings dialogs that are not
>     pluggable in the settings manager, pluggable. Also, I'm developing
>     three
>     news settings dialogs (User settings, locales and time/date). I'll
>     also
>     join the effort to port Xfce to gtk3 and get rid of dbus-glib in favor
>     of gdbus.
> There's actually a roadmap for the next stable release, Xfce 4.14 
> (, and we decided not to 
> implement any new features but to instead focus on porting to Gtk3. 
> Obviously this is not as fun as implementing features, but we really 
> need to get this done and the way we decided to do it most efficiently 
> (also in terms of minimizing regression potential) is by porting 1:1.
> I personally welcome the settings manager improvements you suggest, 
> but as I said, first I think we need to port to Gtk3. (We could make 
> exceptions for things like making all dialogs pluggable, as that might 
> not really be seen as a new feature but as a current bug I guess, but 
> we should discuss our stance on this.)
> Note that Nick started with the user settings a longer time ago, not 
> sure why and how it stalled, but you can still find it here: 
>     Depends upon how much free time I get, I might also work on the power
>     manager and Parole. (probably there is no need, as both are perfectly
>     maintained!)
> There are always things to fix and improve, so feel free to get in 
> touch with me or Sean about this ;)
>     * Anybody with access rights to the server please pm me, I need to
>     update my ssh public key so I regain commit access to git.
> You can get in touch with either me or Landry on IRC (maybe you 
> already have, I'm just about to leave the office so I can't check) and 
> we can set you up.
> So again, welcome back!
> Cheers
> Simon
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