Xfce 4.12 released

Xfce 4.12 a new stable version that supersedes Xfce 4.10 was recently released. Xfce is a lightweight, open-source desktop environment for Linux and Unix systems. It is based on GTK+2, and a partial support for GTK+3 implemented. This latest release focused more on polishing user experience on the desktop and window manager, and on updating some components to take advantage of newly available technologies.

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Xfce 4.12 key highlights

  • The window manager gained a new themable Alt+Tab dialog with optional windows preview and a list mode. Initial Client side decoration support was implemented, window tiling mode was improved providing support for corner-tiling, and a new zooming mode was added. A HiDPI Xfwm theme was also added.
  • The panel can now intelligently hide itself, supports Gtk3 plugins, and saw lots of its third-party plugins updated to take full advantage of the features added in 4.10.
  • The desktop has a new wallpaper settings dialog, per workspace wallpaper support, and better multi-monitor handling. It also supports displaying folder cover art and emblems on icons now.
  • Our session manager was updated to use logind and/or upower if available for hibernate/suspend support. For portability and to respect our users’ choices, fallback modes were implemented relying on os-specific backends.
  • Support for multi-monitor use was improved in a new display settings dialog and a quick setup popup on monitor plugging.
  • The appearance dialog now showcases previews for icons and themes.
  • Xfsettingsd now supports libinput.
  • Power management was not forgotten: A new panel plugin was created, logind/upower support was added to handle battery/lid/brightness events, and locking via light-locker was implemented. The settings dialog was also revamped, and support for X11 screenblanking was added.
  • see announcement for full details

Install Xfce 4.12 on Xubuntu 14.04 or Xubuntu 14.10

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12

sudo apt-get update

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

Revert changes

sudo apt-get install ppa-purge

sudo ppa-purge ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12
 
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