Home > Xfce > Xfce 4.2 Release Candidate 3 Released Xfce 4.2 Release Candidate 3 Released Submitted by Metin Amiroff 2004-12-24 Xfce 25 Comments The third Release Candidate of the new version 4.2 of Xfce is now available for download. This third Release Candidate provides several bugfixes over the second Release Candidate. Also see the graphical installation wizards and changelog. About The Author David Adams Follow me on Twitter @david_adams 25 Comments 2004-12-24 5:29 pm I miss the old CDE-style XFCE, now it’s all glam. 2004-12-24 5:32 pm Using it now in Debian. Very very nice, best lightweight DE, IMO. 2004-12-24 5:34 pm I might be wrong, but I believe the old Xfce is still available. 2004-12-24 5:37 pm I just don’t want XFCE to turn into another bloated KDE. 2004-12-24 5:45 pm I love this DE, but I really hate the file manager. In my opinion more work should go into it. But that’s my opinion. Other than that I like it, and love the new enhancements. I also don’t want this DE to go down the road of kde / gnome… Though those two projects have there place. 2004-12-24 6:36 pm I love this DE, but I really hate the file manager. In my opinion more work should go into it. But that’s my opinion. Fwiw, w00dst0ck, I use ROX-Filer as my primary file manager and I like it very much: http://rox.sourceforge.net/ 2004-12-24 6:44 pm I love XFCE. But I wish there was a port of XFCE running on QT. It could then be even faster. 2004-12-24 6:51 pm I just don’t want XFCE to turn into another bloated KDE. did you try it or you just watch screenshot and talk about something you don’t know? xfce4.x is not bloated at all. 2004-12-24 6:56 pm The only thing I don’t like about the new release is the icon theme– don’t get me wrong, it’s great that XFce is developing its own look and feel, but the icons seem kind of garish to me. 2004-12-24 7:20 pm RC3 is broken to me. I upgrade from RC2 to RC3 on my fedora3 box. when starting RC3 there are a lot of complains about an unresolve symbol. the program menu fails to load because of this unresolved symbol as well. ** (xfdesktop:8857): CRITICAL **: XfceDesktopMenu init failed (The XfceDesktopMenu module could not be loaded: /usr/lib/xfce4/modules/xfce4_desktop_menu.so: und efined symbol: g_return_if_fail_warning) ** (xfdesktop:8857): WARNING **: xfdesktop: Unable to initialise menu module. Right-click menu will be unavailable. 2004-12-24 9:09 pm Anyone know if they will be picking up the HAL? 2004-12-24 11:45 pm Not sure about that, but I know the XFCE Terminal is using D-Bus. 2004-12-24 11:59 pm Built on gtk+2.6.0, and runs fine, all the bugs I found in previous RC version about gtk+2.6.0 have been solved. Greate works 2004-12-25 12:07 am love xfce but i wish they wouldn’y have a file manager, print manager, session manager, etc etc … no need. leave that to kde/gnome. 2004-12-25 12:39 am > love xfce but i wish they wouldn’y have a file manager, print manager, session manager, etc etc … no need. leave that to kde/gnome. Well, a session manager is OK, but I also don’t think there is any place for the redundant stuff inside xfce. However, I must admit they keep the packages separated and you don’t have to install anything you dislike or don’t need. I just wish they concentrated their efforts on the core programs. 2004-12-25 2:16 am “love xfce but i wish they wouldn’y have a file manager, print manager, session manager, etc etc … no need. leave that to kde/gnome.” They should as it makes it a more complete DE, as long as it is still lightweight and you don’t have to use the bits you don’t want. I use rox instead of their file manager, but like the rest of their stuff. 2004-12-25 11:37 am sad, xfce should have a right mouse menu even if I run rox-filer instead of xfdesktop. xfce team should integrate right mouse button menu into xfwm4! and rox-filer lacks in vfs integration… so I stick with gnome: “nautilus sftp://user@server“ rocks! kde lacks in icon placement on the desktop and “feeling”/behaviour of icon placement on the desktop. I have always an “marked” icon on kde desktop instead of clicking into my “wallpaper” an nothing is marked. Is this to heavy to integrate? 2004-12-25 12:22 pm In the past it was alot easier to put together your own icon theme for Xfce, but it still isn’t that hard. Here is a screenshot of me using the Exquisite icons right after I installed the second beta: http://thelinuxbox.org/images/xfceDesktopFull.png 2004-12-25 5:26 pm I agree this DE should stick to another league other than that of Gnome and KDE, but still making it easy and functional for everyone. Although I personally haven’t tryed it yet, I think the graphical installer for the sources seems like an idea that should make an example for other programs! 2004-12-26 4:25 am The last time i tried xfce (about 6 months ago) it rocked. The only thing I really didn’t like about it was the file manager. IMO it kinda sucked. I guess it really isn’t all that bad its just not konqueror. I will have to second what someone else wrote concerning focusing on the file manager. It is all that is keeping me from using it exclusively. 2004-12-26 11:45 am If you haven’t tried it you should, I tried RC2 and it was a big improvement over 4.0.x. The file manager still needs improvement, though I’m not sure I’ll ever like the style they’ve gone with, I’m happy using ROX and the command line for any file management I need to do. 2004-12-26 3:38 pm I like to use Nautilus as a file manager for xfce, I got hooked on the spatial feature when I was using Gnome. 2004-12-26 7:29 pm I use xfce as my desktop and I love it. I also don’t like the filemanager though, and I’ve tried many people’s suggestions (Rox, Nautilus, etc.) If anyone is still looking for filemanage alternatives, the one I really like now is emelfm2. It’s a two-pane filemanager, so if you don’t like that type then you won’t like this. I like it though because it’s gtk+, supports drag and drop across panes, it’s fast, and it’s configurable. it’s the closest thing I’ve found to the way I used to configure konqueror. 2004-12-26 10:48 pm XFCE is fast and it works. In developing a GTK-based desktop that performs as smoothly as fvwm, they have surely succeeded. Leaving issues such as level of integration and quality of recommended apps aside, this is the only DE other than KDE or GNOME worth using (not you, a reader of osnews, but the other 99.9% of the world). Not many would argue that ANY of the *nix DEs are mature. My point is, it would be easier to build a mature DE out of XFCE than out of KDE or GNOME. Read XFCE’s website, and then read the websites of the big ones, and argue why freedesktop.org shouldn’t pick up and run with XFCE. My mouse pointer did disappear permanently last night when I closed my laptop, but since it didn’t come back when I restarted the X sesssion, I’m inclined to believe it’s a kernel bug. Other than that, bug free with XFCE 4.2-rc2. 2004-12-27 7:46 pm Its fast, and does not take many resources. As long as they keep the performance, I won’t complain. (plus its a DE, not just a WM). They have some clever ideas re fstab etc, but xffm is the poor member of the family.