Versie 4.8 van Xfce is verschenen, als opvolger van versie 4.6. Deze lichtgewicht-desktopomgeving voor Linux, Solaris en BSD richt zich op snelheid, zonder afbreuk te doen aan de visuele aspecten of de gebruiksvriendelijkheid. De meeste distributies hebben een variant beschikbaar met Xfce, maar los downloaden is ook mogelijk. In versie 4.8 zijn ThunarVFS en HAL vervangen door GIO, udev, ConsoleKit en PolicyKit, zijn mogelijkheden toegevoegd om netwerkshares te bekijken, en worden voortgangsdialogen in één venster weergegeven. Verder is de paneelapplicatie herschreven, wat onder andere de positionering, transparantie en het starten van applicaties ten goede is gekomen, en is er een nieuwe menu-plug-in waarmee folders kunnen worden bekeken.
Xfce 4.8 released
Today, after almost two years of work, we have the special pleasure of announcing the much awaited release of Xfce 4.8, the new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.6.
We hope that everyone will enjoy this release as much as we do. Sadly, this will not be the case as the folks using any of the BSD systems will notice a sudden loss of features. We think that this announcement is a good opportunity to express our disagreement with the recent "Linux-only" developments in the open source ecosystem, especially with regards to the utilities we need in desktop environments.
Xfce 4.8 is our attempt to update the Xfce code base to all the new desktop frameworks that were introduced in the past few years. We hope that our efforts to drop pieces like ThunarVFS and HAL with GIO, udev, ConsoleKit and PolicyKit will help bringing the Xfce desktop to modern distributions.
With Xfce 4.8 our users will be able to browse remote shares using a variety of protocols (SFTP, SMB, FTP and many more). The window clutter has been reduced by merging all file progress dialogs into a single one.
Our panel application has been rewritten, thereby improvingpositioning, transparency, item and launcher management. It also introduces a new menu plugin to view directories. Its plugin framework remains compatible with 4.6 plugins.
We also improved our settings dialogs. The display configuration dialog now supports RandR 1.2, detects screens automatically and allows our users to pick their favorite resolution, refresh rate, rotation. Screens can be configured to either work in clone mode or be placed next to each other. Keyboard selection has become easier and more user-friendly. Also, the manual settings editor has been updated be more functional.
Aside from the features implemented in Xfce, the 4.8 development cycle brought us a bunch of other goodies. For the first time we had a serious release strategy formed after the "Xfce Release and Development Model" developed at the Ubuntu Desktop Summit in May 2009. A new web application made release management a lot easier. We worked hard on improving the situation of Xfce translators which led us to setting up our own Transifex server. Something else you will hopefully notice is that our server and mirroring infrastructure has been improved so that our servers hopefully will not suddenly surrender shortly after this release announcement.
There is a lot more to discover and we hope a lot of you will give Xfce 4.8 a try! There is a brief tour online.