unfortunately, since Guido quit his excellent job of maintaining XFCE
for openSUSE, the XFCE packages have been in a bit of a state of limbo.
Various people are updating their pet panel plugins and Takashi is
mostly the one coordinationg the efforts by accepting the submitrequests
Overall, XFCE on openSUSE is working well (for me, at least :-), but we
surely are a bit off from the latest and greatest.
As far as I can tell, work in XFCE upstream has been going on to port
all the important stuff to GTK3, at least that's the common theme in new
minor releases numberted 4.13.x for core parts or most of the latest
minor release bumps in varios applets and panel plugins.
Now yesterday I decided to check what would be needed to update the core
packages to the latest and greatest.
The result is in project home:seife:xfce, and at least on a test VM of
mine things are working well, so if someone likes to test this, be my
There will be some graphical stuff to fix, mostly due to differences in
GTK2 and GTK3 theming I guess, but that is somehting I know nothing
about (and to be honest, I do not care about appearance at all).
Some core components (Thunar, xfwm4, xfce4-panel, xfce4-session,
xfdesktop) still use gtk2, so this will not get rid of this version for now.
So does anyone have strong opinions on keeping the old GTK2 version? If
not, I'd submit the update to X11:xfce and later to factory.
Note that even now already some of the panel plugins, are using gtk3,
and the panel is at least requiring it on a package level, so you'll
most likely need to have it installed already anyway. Due to
xfce4-terminal and nm-applet being already ported to GTK3, you also
probably have it in memory already.
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public relations, for nature cannot be fooled." -- Richard Feynman
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