Everyone must already know how much we here at Linux Library love Xfce, and the 4.10 release only strengthens the hold that Xfce holds over me at least. So here is a close look at what Xfce 4.10 will deliver.
Xfce 4.10 brings many interface changes which will be clearly noticed. Under the hood there have been several upgrades as well, , though here we will only focus on the ones that can be seen. Be sure to upgrade to Xfce 4.10 as soon as possible.
I wanted to review some of the Xfce 4.10 changes sooner but naturally the topic of Linux keeps everyone quite busy. Either way I hope you all enjoy the changes as much as I have!
The panel has received much attention for this release making it even more customizable.
You can now set more than one row for launchers and icons inside the panel. Open window buttons will still take up the full available width of the panel.
A new configuration mode has also been added to the Xfce4 panel, this is called deskbar mode. When using deskbar mode your panel will be displayed vertically, though plugins will still be displayed horizontally.
There has also been a small change to a plugin that should be noted. The session plugin has been redesigned and can now be found as the actions plugin.
Documentation and user manuals have now been removed from package downloads, but the Xfce Wiki has been upgraded. This was done mostly to encourage user contributions.
Linux is all about user contributions, and I also encourage everyone to get involved. Check out the expanded Xfce Wiki, and be sure to share your helpful experience for the benefit of us all.
Users will also find a redesigned application finder. Xfrun4 has now been combined with the traditional application finder for convenience and efficiency.
This tool is fantastic for finding applications that remain elusive. The interface is easy to use and quite helpful.
There have also been a few additional changes to the Xfce 4 session manager. The ability to clear saved sessions has been added to the session manager's settings dialog.
In this release the xfce4-settings-helper has been merged with xfsettingsd, but there have been other changes as well.
A MIME types editor module has been added to the settings manager which allows you to set file type associations.
The mouse and touchpad settings dialog has been upgraded as well. You can now customize the settings for your Wacom tablet and other pointing devices including touchpads directly from the mouse settings window.
The settings editor has also recieved a minor tweak. You can now use a monitor tool to monitor changes to your settings in a selected channel.
That's right, Xfce 4 is now even more customizable than ever. And like always, things are getting even easier to use.
The desktop manager Xfdesktop has added single click support for opening files on the desktop for this that perfer this method. Users are now able to toggle automated cycling for their background images.
From the window theme dialog or the icons theme dialog you can now simply drag and drop tarball files directly into the theme list. The archive will then be extracted automatically and the new theme will be added to the list.