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Revision as of 16:06, 24 June 2019

Changes/Xfce-4.14

Summary

Xfce desktop environment has version 4.13.x which is currently available in Fedora. Significant work has been completed to migrate the DE to GTK-3 completely. The obvious benefit to this migration is the use of a modern and actively maintained toolkit.

Xfce 4.14 is a stable release with proven components, provide features users. This change proposal is submitted to sync fedora packages with the latest upstream releases.

Owners

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora 31
  • Last updated: 2019-06-24
  • Tracker bug:
  • Release notes tracker:

Detailed Description

This change migrates Xfce desktop environment (DE) to the latest version provided by upstream developers. This is a near complete GTK-3 migration of the DE.

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.

This change would result in fewer packages depending on the older GTK-2 libraries and move Xfce to use a modern toolkit.

Scope

  • Proposal owners:
    • Update core xfce packages to 4.14
    • 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 30 or older should show no visible changes to the end users.
    • GTK-3 applications will be better integrated

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? product

Documentation

N/A (not a System Wide Change)

Release Notes

Fedora 31 ships with Xfce 4.14.