Xubuntu Development Update July 2018
Our work over June has brought a few new updates for July including lots of Xfce 4.13 updates, bug fixes, and a few migrations which round out a nice month of development.
Xfce 4.13, A Preview of What’s To Come
Xfce has a fairly standard versioning scheme. Even version numbers (4.10, 4.12, 4.14) represent stable, supported releases. Odd version numbers (4.11, 4.13) represent development versions. Xfce 4.14 (the GTK 3 release) has been in development for a few years now, and several components have had 4.13 releases as their ports are completed and bugs are fixed.
At this point, with the Xubuntu LTS release behind us and Xfce 4.14 likely releasing sometime in the next year, we’re ready to start rolling out more of these development releases for our users. There are not a lot of new features, but with the upgraded toolkit, there’s better support for newer technologies, theming capabilities, and … an increased likelihood of bugs (we’ll fix them, we promise).
As of this morning (July 1), we have a lot more Xfce 4.13 available in Xubuntu 18.10 “Cosmic Cuttlefish”. This is thanks to the hard work of Unit 193 — our Debian liaison, package maintainer, council member, and all-around awesome person. The following components are now available.
- Thunar 1.8 (and plugins)
- Xfce Desktop 4.13
- Xfce Panel 4.13 (and plugins)
- Xfce Screenshooter 1.9
- Xfce Settings 4.13
- Updated libraries (libxfce4panel, libxfce4util, xfconf)
July was a nice month for Xfce development. 11 projects were updated, and most of these updates have already landed in Xubuntu. The other updates should land in the coming days.
- Exo 0.12.2
- libxfce4util 4.13.2
- Mousepad 0.4.1
- Ristretto 0.8.3
- Thunar 1.8.0 / 1.8.1
- Thunar VCS Plugin 0.1.90
- Xfce Desktop 4.13.2
- Xfce Dictionary 0.8.1
- Xfce Settings 4.12.4 / 4.13.4
- Xfce Task Manager 1.2.1
- Xfconf 4.13.5
We’re in the middle of migrating Catfish to be an official part of the Xfce family. After migrating bugs from Launchpad to Xfce it was only rational to fix a few. So with those bug fixes, we’re right around the corner from another release. I’ll have more information on the Xfce transition with the 1.4.6 release announcement later this month.
The first point release for 18.04 is expected this month, on July 26th. After 18.04.1 is released, 16.04 LTS users will begin to receive upgrade notifications. Before we get there, we have a few fixes and updates we want to deliver.
- LP: #1762595 (gvfs), Thunar incorrectly thinks USB storage device hasn’t finished ejecting
- Exo 0.12.2, which includes some performance improvements and a few fixes
- Xfce Settings 4.12.4, which includes a few bug fixes and improved monitor manufacturer detection
What to Expect in July?
Xubuntu 18.04.1 Testing
With each point release, we need some testing to make sure everything’s still working as expected. With 18.04.1, we’ll likely be looking for more release upgrade tests. Look forward to some calls for testing this month to test the upcoming milestone, or join us on #xubuntu-devel to learn how you can start testing now.
We’ve already started moving Catfish to Xfce, but there is still more work to be done. We’ll also be moving Xfce Panel Switch this month to join the rest of its friends and family.
More Blueprint Activity
Keep an eye on the Xubuntu development tracker to see what the team is up to this month.