As scheduled we have just released Xfce 4.16pre1 on August 27th (sorry for the long time to write a post about it) - the first development release leading up to Xfce 4.16. And it comes with a boatload of new features and improvements, so prepare yourselves.
- Dropping lots of code (Gtk2 support), improving maintainability
Adding new icons to all core components to extend Xfce’s visual identity (also: follow freedesktop.org rDNS icon naming standard)
A revamped and improved “About Xfce” dialog that also holds general system details
Switch to client-side decorations for settings dialogs
- Lots of bugfixes everywhere
New “Default Applications” dialog: merge between “Mime Settings” and “Preferred Applications”
Display: Support for fractional scaling (with XRandR), better fallback in case of mis-configuration
Settings Manager: Improved search/filter
New Plugin: “Status Tray” - a merger between the systray and the statusnotifier plugin, will make life for users much easier and less confusing, now supports the panel’s global “icon size” setting
Autohide animation: Makes “autohide” more easily understandable (in the sense of: where did my panel just go?)
- Launchers now show desktop file actions on right-click (e.g. “Open a New Private Window” for Firefox)
The Window list now supports “launching a new instance” of an application in the right-click menu
- The Workspace switcher can optionally show numbering for workspaces
- Dark mode for the panel (precondition: your theme has to support dark mode)
Copying and moving can be paused
- Support for queued file transfer (configurable)
- Initial support to remember view settings per directory
- New versioning scheme
- Removed PDA Tab
- New versioning scheme
- Show alt-tab dialog only on the primary monitor (if one is set)
- Cleaner settings dialog (battery and “on power” settings)
- Optional visual indicator in the panel when “Presentation mode” is enabled
- Automatically dismiss low-power notifications upon connecting of a charger
- Improved gpg-agent support
- Smaller visual cleanups
- Allow sorting apps by frecency (frequency and recency)
- Support for excluding paths (in the tumbler.rc settings file)
Xfconf Settings Service
- Enable gsettings backend by default
- Bash auto-completion for xfconf-query
- Drop Perl bindings
Where can you get it?
Update: Arch Linux users more adventurous than usual can try
-devel packages from AUR. Likewise, openSUSE users can install packages built directly from git master. If you’re afraid to trash your system consider playing with a virtual machine first.
Please go ahead try this release if possible, we would be more happy to hear your impressions as well as get bug reports before the final release.
We’re expecting to release Xfce 4.16pre2 at the end of this month and if necessary pre3 will be released in October. If everything goes as planned Xfce 4.16 should be released by November!