Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th Apr 2012 10:16 UTC, submitted by xerverius
Xfce "Today, after 1 year and 4 months of work, we are pleased to announce the release of the Xfce desktop 4.10, a new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.8. In the 4.10 cycle we mainly focused on polishing the desktop and improving the user experience in various ways." A detailed overview of the changes compared to Xfce 4.8 and Xfce 4.10 preview releases can be found in the ChangeLogs. Xfce 4.10 will make its way to your distribution of choice, but of course, you can always download it and build it yourself.
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gets out of the way, lets you work
by project_2501 on Sun 29th Apr 2012 14:56 UTC
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For many years now I've used XFCE - it a good balance of functionality and keeping out of your way. And the functionality is generally thoughtful - aimed at improving your workflow, not slowing you down. I love tha fact that I can roll up/down windows with a scroll, and scroll between virtual desktops again with a scroll.

As for modern fancy stuff - the fact that an icon appears when I plug removable media in - that's just enough automated wizardry for me ..

Maybe the new paradigm desktops (unity?) will be the future but for many of us, coming from the "old" desktop paradigm this is a good one.

Hurray for cleanups and removing code! Maybe we should shout about how small code is not how big it is when bragging ....

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"I love tha fact that I can roll up/down windows with a scroll, and scroll between virtual desktops again with a scroll."

Well, it's not the only thing that makes your life easier. I also use this feature that lets you switch workspaces by moving your mouse over the left/right edge of the screen. Super easy and super useful for productivity! It saves me a lot of hassle with double/triple keyboard keybind for switching desktops. All I have to do is to move mouse right or left. It takes a little time to accustom yourself, but it's worth it as it speeds things up. A-W-E-S-O-M-E!

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AnyoneEB Member since:

I am a big fan of that feature myself. It's also useful for moving windows to other desktops. Also, it works with the top/bottom of the screen if you have your pager set to multiple rows, which I do on my netbook (less screen space, so I use more desktops to make up for it).

It should be noted that a problem (extra feature? ;-p) is that whenever anyone else uses my computer, they are constantly accidentally switching desktops. This can be alleviated somewhat by increasing the edge resistance (velocity of mouse necessary to switch desktops).

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