Last August Xfce 4.14 hit the street after years of silence and the development team promised quicker update releases from now on and it seems the team is keeping themselves to that promise, by feeding us with a sneak peek and some features we can expect.
So what can we expect from our flagship DE? The changes will not be as big as the current version but it will bring us some interesting features such as the move to a newer and modern GTK release, GTK3, as developer Simon Steinbeiß recently announced that the optional GTK2 dependency is being dropped from Xfce 4.16.
Steinbeiß explains further: “In the 4.14 cycle we tried to do a 1:1 port of what used to be our Gtk2 desktop environment, avoiding visual changes. In the 4.16 cycle, we plan to harmonize the appearance of certain elements that either became inconsistent through the port or already were inconsistent before.”
Among other changes, the Xfce 4.16 desktop environment will also introduce a new dependency on libgtop to display information about the system in the “About” dialogue, a dark panel, initial support for client-side decorations, as well as some smaller improvements and goodies for the Thunar file manager.
Xfce 4.16 also promises a new “slide-out” animation for panel’s autohide modes, the Launcher plugin will be able to display the desktop actions of a launcher item in the right-click menu, support for scaled mirror mode will be available in Display Settings, and a new “Night Light” feature in the Power Manager to reduce strain on the eyes. Xfce 4.16 expected to arrive in mid-2020
The Xfce 4.16 desktop environment release is scheduled for the first quarter of 2020.Follow us: