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Xfce 4.8

Summary

Update Xfce to the upstream 4.8 release with many new improvements and features.

Owners

  • email: kevin@tummy.com, cwickert@fedoraproject.org

Current status

  • Targeted release: Fedora ??
  • Last updated: 2010-06-14
  • Percentage of completion: 10%

Detailed Description

The Xfce project has been working on a new version, 4.8 for quite a while now.

The Xfce 4.8 development schedule is currently estimated to have a release on 2010-06-12, which didn't happen.

Will consult with upstream about release dates further.

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.

Scope

Existing packages will need to be updated to 4.8 in rawhide. Three new packages have been reviewed and will need to be imported:

Two packages will need to be Obsoleted and blocked from Fedora 14:

  • libxfce4menu (replaecd by garcon)
  • libxfcegui4 (replaced by libxfce4ui)

How To Test

New installs:

  • install rawhide/Fedora 14 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)

Updates:

  • confirm yum groupupdate 'XFCE' works and all packages are properly updated/obsoleted.
  • confirm the updated desktop works fine.

User Experience

  • FIXME

Dependencies

  • FIXME

Contingency Plan

Revert to older Xfce 4.6 version. This may require a Epoch and rebuilding packages and plugins. Or if the dist-f14-xfce tag has not yet been merged back into rawhide, only reverts in cvs will be required.

Documentation

  • FIXME

Release Notes

  • 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.

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