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* fractional scaling
* fractional scaling
* new status tray plugins
* new status tray plugins
* Streamlined application chooser (i.e. merged mime type editor and default applications)
* Streamlined application chooser (i.e. merged "mime type editor" and "default applications")
 
Full feature list can be viewed at [https://xfce.org/about/news Xfce news]


== Benefit to Fedora ==
== Benefit to Fedora ==


Other GTK-based DEs such as cinnamon and MATE have already migrated to using GTK-3 libraries. This change proposes to migrate the popular Xfce DE to the latest GTK-3 based versions upstream developers have released.
Updating Xfce to 4.16 will provide Fedora Xfce users stable but latest versions of upstream software. We will also be able to provide timely bug fixes.
 
This change would result in fewer packages depending on the older GTK-2 libraries and move Xfce to use a modern toolkit.  


== Scope ==
== Scope ==
* Proposal owners:
* Proposal owners:
** Update core xfce packages to 4.14
** Update core xfce packages to 4.16
** Rebuild plugins once core packages are build
** Rebuild plugins once core packages are build



Revision as of 00:08, 23 December 2020

Xfce-4.16

Summary

A new release of Xfce desktop environment is expected (before the end of 2020). Xfce 4.16 is a stable release with proven components, provide features to both new and power users alike. This change proposal is submitted to sync fedora packages with the latest upstream release.

Owners

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 34
  • Last updated: 2020-12-23
  • Tracker bug:
  • Release notes tracker:

Detailed Description

This change migrates Xfce desktop environment (DE) to the latest version provided by upstream developers. This release brings, amongst others, the following features

  • client-side decorations
  • fractional scaling
  • new status tray plugins
  • Streamlined application chooser (i.e. merged "mime type editor" and "default applications")

Full feature list can be viewed at Xfce news

Benefit to Fedora

Updating Xfce to 4.16 will provide Fedora Xfce users stable but latest versions of upstream software. We will also be able to provide timely bug fixes.

Scope

  • Proposal owners:
    • Update core xfce packages to 4.16
    • Rebuild plugins once core packages are build
  • Other developers: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Release engineering:
    • List of deliverables: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Policies and guidelines: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Trademark approval: N/A (not needed for this Change)

Upgrade/compatibility impact

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

How To Test

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

User Experience

  • A fresh install should have fully functional Xfce DE
  • Upgrade from Fedora 33 or older should be mostly seamless
    • Users will notice differences in certain instances (e.g. settings) because of implementation of client side decorations
    • Default ALT+TAB behavior will likely be different.

No special configuration or hardware needed.

Dependencies

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Contingency Plan

  • Contingency mechanism: (What to do? Who will do it?) N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Contingency deadline: N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks release? N/A (not a System Wide Change)
  • Blocks product? N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Documentation

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes

Fedora 34 ships with Xfce 4.16.

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