Update Xfce to the upstream 4.8 release with many new improvements and features.
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- Targeted release: Fedora 13
- Last updated: 2010-01-12
- Percentage of completion: 5%
The Xfce project has been working on a new version, 4.8 for quite a while now.
|2010-04-29||Compose Release Candidate|
- We only have 8 days from the release of Xfce 4.8pre1 till Feature Freeze. If release is delayed, we might need to drop the feature as it needs to be in a testable state for feature freeze.
- Fedora 13 Alpha will come with Xfce 4.8pre1 (15 days from release to Alpha freeze)
- Fedora 13 Beta will come with Xfce 4.8pre2 (22 days from release to Beta freeze)
- Fedora 13 RC will come with Xfce 4.8final (17 days from release to RC compose)
Additionally, a dist-f13-xfce tag will be used to coordinate the package builds, so impact on rawhide will be minimal until the full set of packages is ready to land at once.
Benefit to Fedora
Xfce 4.8 has a number of improvements and new features. A few of the more notable ones:
- Xfce menu will support menu merging.
- (Hopefully) bring back the graphical menu editor known from Xfce 4.4
- Thunar is ported from thunar-vfs to gvfs
- PolicyKit support in xfce4-session
- Multilib enhancements for xfce4-panel plugins.
Existing packages will need to be updated to 4.8 in rawhide. Four new packages have been reviewed and will need to be imported:
- garcon: Implementation of the freedesktop.org menu specification. Review request at https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=554603
- tumbler: D-Bus service for applications to request thumbnails for various URI schemes and MIME types. Review request at https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=549593
- libxfce4ui: Commonly used Xfce widgets. Review request at https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=554599
Two packages will need to be Obsoleted and blocked from F13:
- libxfce4menu (replaecd by garcon)
- libxfcegui4 (replaced by libxfce4ui)
How To Test
- install rawhide/Fedora 13 on any machine.
- yum install @xfce-desktop
- confirm gdm offers Xfce4 as a session type
- confirm you can select this session and login
- confirm settings changes can be made and saved, and are found after a logout/login cycle.
- confirm day to day desktop functions are working.
- confirm all settings dialogs come up and work.
(More specifics can be added when final changelogs are available)
- confirm yum groupupdate 'XFCE' works and all packages are properly updated/obsoleted.
- confirm the updated desktop works fine.
Revert to older Xfce 4.6 version. This may require a Epoch and rebuilding packages and plugins. Or if the dist-f13-xfce tag has not yet been merged back into rawhide, only reverts in cvs will be required.
- Xfce has been updated to version 4.8. This version includes many enhancements and bug fixes. See the tour at http://www.xfce.org/about/tour for more information.