Xfce 4.10

It is old news now that Xfce 4.10 has been released. If you haven’t caught up with it yet there is a tour of the new features. Unfortunately the release was too late for it to be accepted for Fedora 17 which is due out soon. It will be part of Fedora 18 that is due later in the year. However all is not lost as there are repos available for 17 and 16 at Fedora People.

I’ve been running it for a few days now on my Kororaa 16 system and on a separate Fedora 16 Xfce spin. While there are no earth shattering changes 4.10 includes some nice improvements over 4.8. One that is not mentioned on the tour is support for wallpaper slideshows. There is no need to run scripts as we did in earlier versions. The improvements in Settings and the addition of the Mime Type Editor are useful too.

The update procedure went well after first removing xfburn which requires some work to function in 4.10. There was an issue with the main panel having everything on the left. This is easily fixed by adding a separator and setting it to expand. The systems have not missed a beat, they are still as stable as they were. If you didn’t notice the changes you wouldn’t know it had been updated. If only other DE’s could learn from that.

All in all this is a good update and recommended for all Xfce users.


Author: Jim

A sixty something living in the Hawkesbury Valley on the edge of Sydney Australia.

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