Here is an article that reviews the new features found in Xfce 4.4. Provides in details new features found in Thunar, new applets like Orage, and new abliities like built in compositing and ability to add desktop icons. Screenshots galore as well.
After more than two years of development, Xfce 4.4.0 has just been released. Xfce 4.4 features new tools such as the much awaited Thunar file manager as well as several improvements in its core components. Benedikt Meurer had also prepared a tour for the newcomers.
"A new bug fix release of Xfce 4.2 is available. This release is supposed to be the last release for the 4.2 branch. It includes several fixes ported from the current development branch. This release should not be confused with the upcoming Xfce 4.4 release, it's a bug fix release of the previous stable branch. Get it from this page."
The Xfce development team is pleased to announce that the second and hopefully last release candidate of the upcoming Xfce 4.4 desktop is available for download now. The release focuses primarily on bug fixes and optimizations; see the release notes for a complete list of changes. The source tarballs and the graphical installer are available from the download page.
The Xfce development team is pleased to announce that the first release candiate of Xfce 4.4 is now available for download. A lot of bugs were fixed during the last two months and several new features were added. For example the brand new Xarchiver 0.4.0 is included, trash support was added to Thunar and xfdesktop, and the overall memory usage was reduced. See the ChangeLog for a complete list.
The Xfce development team is pleased to announce that Xfce 4.4 beta2 is now available for download. Besides Mousepad and Thunar, this release also includes the new Xfce archive manager Xarchiver. Other than that a larger number of bugs wered fixed, and several core components wered improved. See the changelog for details.
The Xfce project has released the first beta in the 4.4 release cycle. "Xfce 4.4 beta1 (188.8.131.52) is now available for download. Xfce 4.4 features new tools such as the much anticipated 'Thunar' file manager as well as several huge improvements of its core components."
"Every major release of the 4.x series of Xfce has been pretty major. 4.0 was the result of over a years work, a major rewrite of the entire desktop. 4.2 saw the introduction of major features and enhancements that were incomplete for 4.0, and new developers as Xfce4 gained popularity. 4.4 is going to be a major upgrade to Xfce, with new components, major upgrades to old ones, and more tools for developers. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at what’s coming."
XFCE project released a new development version of its Xfce Foundation Classes, which is a "set of integrated C++ classes for developing Xfce applications on UNIX-like operating systems such as Linux". Here you gain access to the full annoucement (description, minimum dependencies, enhancements from 4.3.0, fixes and, of course, packages downloads).
The code-named Thunar project, which aims to develop a new file manager for Xfce 4, has had a bunch of discussion on the mailing list about a possible new name. Xfce developers decided to share some of their favorites with OSNews readers and solicit some feedback.
Benedikt Meurer of XFce is hard at work preparing Thunar, the new XFce-focused file manager. There are four UI suggestions so far, but the first one seems to be the strongest one so far: a mix of GTK+'s file selector and Mac OS X's Finder & PathFinder.
XFCE 4.2.1 was released today.
The Xfce Foundation Classes, a lightweight C++ binding for Xfce and GTK has made its first development release, with plans for a stable release around the time of Xfce 4.4.
The WashingtonPost has an interesting article on the matter, but registration required.
As part of the FOSDEM preparations for later this month, the organization has posted three interviews with Alexander Larsson (Nautilus & GnomeVFS maintainer), Matthias Ettrich (creator of KDE & Lyx, now at Trolltech) and Oliver Fourdan (creator of XFce).
The Xfce Team is pleased to announce the availability of Xfce 4.2.0, the next major version of the Xfce Desktop Environment and Development Framework for Unix and Unix-like platforms.
MadPenguin reviews and details the new XFce visual installer.
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.
The Xfce project finally finished the second release candidate for the upcoming Xfce Desktop Environment 4.2. This second release candidate is expected to be the last release candidate before the final release, which is planned to happen in about 2 or 3 weeks. This RC2 includes several bugfixes, esp. the window manager has seen quite a few important fixes, and it is the first release in the 4.2 branch that builds and runs on Solaris out of the box. As usual, prebuilt packages for several plattforms are already available (as a highlight: Debian/amd64 packages) and the graphical installers have been update to 4.2RC2. Please check the Xfce website for further details.
No doubt, all of you have heard of Xfce and those who haven't will hear about it soon anyway. I remember trying out Xfce for the first time back on SuSE 9.0. I am not sure if it came with the distrobution or if I downloaded it. At the time 9.0 came out I remember thinking to myself "nice, good potential, could be eyecandy, fast..." but I still logged into KDE upon booting. Sure I tried Gnome but somehow for a windows-commer KDE was more user friendly at the time. Update: More screenshots of XFce.