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Xfce 4.8 Released 193

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PerlDudeXL writes "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. [..] 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."
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Xfce 4.8 Released

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  • by simcop2387 (703011) on Monday January 17, 2011 @12:20AM (#34901774) Homepage Journal
    Actually dropping HAL for PolicyKit/ConsoleKit/udev makes it considerably lighter in that regard. HAL has always been a beast of a system that got so unwieldy to maintain and fix that they started dismantling it years ago. As far as ThunarVFS vs GIO, I'm not sure, but it shouldn't be much different and at least reduces the amount of code around that duplicates functions, this should at least make your system itself lighter (unless you've got nothing but XFCE apps on your system, in which case there shouldn't be a change).
  • by Just Brew It! (636086) on Monday January 17, 2011 @01:04AM (#34901960)

    ...between functionality and bloat. I have not used it as my primary desktop environment, but I do sometimes install it when I want a reasonably full-featured desktop in a VM without causing the size of the VM disk image to balloon too much.

    For a truly minimalist lightweight desktop, LXDE seems to be showing a lot of promise.

  • Re:VFS eh? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Simon80 (874052) on Monday January 17, 2011 @01:17AM (#34902018)
    ThunarVFS isn't new, it's one of the things they've replaced and removed.
  • Re:Good grief... (Score:4, Informative)

    by hedwards (940851) on Monday January 17, 2011 @01:20AM (#34902034)
    You do realize that Xfce has been around since 1996, right? It's hardly a new addition, personally I like it.
  • by CAIMLAS (41445) on Monday January 17, 2011 @03:33AM (#34902450) Homepage

    The irony is that all these subsystems worked pretty damn well in QT3 years ago, and they've only gotten better, since. A lot of the long-running bugs in the various GTK wm subsystems were never really a problem for KDE, and things like the VFS implementations worked much, much better.

    If only KDE wasn't such a general memory hog, eh?

  • Welcome to Unix. You seem to be confused about a great many things. I'm not more than a novice myself, but I must recommend Eric S. Raymond's The Art of Unix Programming [faqs.org] , because for better or worse Unix and F/LOSS count most of your complaints as strengths. Core principles, even.

    Your view of the One True Unix implies that there is only one correct way to implement an OS. If there's only one way to implement an OS, doesn't that imply that all computer usage is pretty similar? Perhaps we can optimize for all use-cases at once? Or do you just think that you know better than everyone else how they should spend their coding time?

    It's likely that if you've raised this argument here before that people have mentioned the UNIX certification process as well as the Linux Standard Base. In what way do these entities fall short in defining a common standard?

    Oh, fuck it. Don't have this argument with me. Don't have it with anyone on slashdot. Go have it out with Theo de Raadt, Linus, Eric Raymond, and RMS. If you want to change the world and change people's minds, start at the top. Alternately, close your mouth, open your mind, and start with the first chapter of that book.

  • by heidaro (1392977) on Monday January 17, 2011 @04:38AM (#34902706)
    From the Xubuntu blog: "The new version of Xfce is scheduled to be included in Xubuntu 11.04, to be released in April of this year."
  • by Dcnjoe60 (682885) on Monday January 17, 2011 @08:28AM (#34903352)

    I am guessing from your post that you run Ubuntu or one of it's derivatives. Xfce on Ubuntu is not much better than Gnome, becaue Ubuntu packs a lot of stuff in to their Xfec impleimenation besides Xfce. Ubuntu, is not a distribution you want to use for a memory constrained or slow CPU system.

    However, if you run Xfce on Debian, Fedora, Arch, etc. it simply flies and uses fewer resources than gnome.

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