Xfce 4.14 close to release 3 years after start of development

The final version of Xfce 4.14 is approaching the status of a public stable release with the launch of the final test Assembly.

Xfce 4.14 has been in development since 2016 is the next major update of the Xfce desktop environment. He continues to solve non-trivial task of porting the kernel stack elements desktop PC with GTK2 to GTK3, GTK targetirovanie to 3.22.

And soon you will reap the fruits of all those efforts!

“Final pre-release before the stable version of Xfce 4.14 out [ … ] that tells about the respect for the initial release plan 4.14 in mid-August,”writes the project developer Simon Steinbeiss.

Long breaks between releases desktop Xfce is not new, and this does not mean that the project is “abandoned” (as they like to imagine some in the community):

  • Xfce 4.8: January 2011
  • Xfce 4.10: April 2012
  • Xfce 4.12: February 2015

And now:

  • Xfce 4.14: August 11, 2019.

4.14 Xfce Features

In a release on August 11, Xfce 4.14 provides us with a healthy dose of “General” enhancements and upgrades.

This ensures that this version works as good as the previous version, if not better.

The update also includes support for GDBus, launches a new dialog box of the color profile (picture) and introduces a number of updates to the Application Finder tool.

A new dialog box of the color profile

Thunar, the Xfce file Manager was changed for ease of use, the possibility of dragging right mouse button, added more accelerators for zooming and keyboard shortcuts for switching tabs.

Xfwm4, the window Manager opens a new window in the center of the active display.

Update xfce4-power-managerincludes support for xfce4-screensaver. The tool also checks whether the plugin power Manager (and if no, adds its own icon in the system window).

Binge users will be pleased to hear that the screen dimming and the idle will no longer be activated during video playback in players that transmit to the Manager the appropriate signals.


Desktop Xfce is renowned for stability, reliability, and efficiency of resource use, although it is often considered too short-handed and austere to meet the expectations of ordinary users of computers.

Personally, I find that Xfce is similar to yoga among Linux desktop environments: a refined, focused and thoughtful; each item delicately placed. What about the desktop Ubuntu GNOME Shell? Well, it’s more of a regular cardio workout, it all becomes a little more intense, too fast!

Source: omgubuntu.ru

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