Xfce developers have officially kicked off the development phase of the upcoming Xfce 4.16 desktop environment. Hailed as one of the most popular lightweight desktop interfaces, Xfce kicked off its new phase of development.
Smooth desktop experience
Users will experience a smoother desktop in the upcoming Xfce 4.16 with new capabilities from the GTK update. Xfce 4.14 to which aimed to port all core components to Gtk3 (over Gtk2) and GDBus (over D-Bus GLib) was released on August 12, 2019. Now, Simon Steinbeiß announced that Xfce 4.16 development phase starting on October 19, 2019, that will bring a newer experience for the lightweight and system friendly desktop environment.
Steinbeiß has shared some details about the new features of Xfce 4.16. The most important aspect lies in the core: Xfce team will be dropping Gtk2 support with Xfce 4.16. As a direct consequence of this step, this feature will affect old panel plugins or Gtk2 applications that rely on libxfce4ui.
New Xfce better for your eyes
Speaking about cosmetic changes, the new version of Xfce will come with the offering of new slide-out animation for hidden panels. Also, there will be a right-click menu on launcher items to take a peek for desktop actions. As one of the favorite aspects of the display setting that is deemed to reduce eye strain, the night light feature will be available on Power Manager.
Xfce 4.16 will introduce a new dependency on libgtop. It is expected to be effective in the standardization of panel plug-ins. In addition to this feature, dark panel support is on the way, as well as initial support for client-side decorations. Expected on mid-2020, Xfce 4.16 will be a smaller update compared to 4.14 but inside changes will be a drastic step towards a solid change.
Considering the expected release date in mid-2020, we are probably going to see Xfce 4.16 on Xfce flavored lightweight Ubuntu distribution Xubuntu, on its 20.04 LTS release which nicknamed Focal Fossa.
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