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Schedule for and Status of the Xfce 4.16 Development Cycle

Schedule

Read the Xfce Release Model to understand why this cycle is the way it is.

Dates Phase/Deadline Everyone's Tasks Release Team Tasks Maintainer Tasks
2019-08-13 - 2019-09-30 Planning Phase Elect the release team, discuss dependencies
2019-10-01 - 2019-10-15 Extended Planning Phase May request dependency changes
Dependency Freeze Update dependency info, inform community about the decisions made (dependencies, unguaranteed feature preview)
Development Phase Support Xfce Supervise development, remind people of deadlines
Release Phase Wait patiently Perform releases, remind people of deadlines Perform releases of own components if desired
Xfce 4.16pre1 (Soft String Freeze) Prepare release announcements, release Xfce 4.16pre1 Make sure the latest development release is in good shape and uploaded. Try to avoid making string changes since this release will most likely skip pre3!
Xfce 4.16pre2 (String + Code Freeze) Prepare release announcements, release Xfce 4.16pre2 Make sure that strings in the latest development release or in master are good
Xfce 4.16pre3 (Final Freeze) This is an optional release (release team decides whether we need or skip it in favor of the final release)
Xfce 4.16 (Final Release) Celebrate Prepare release announcements, release Xfce 4.16, branch for stable release, merge ELS branches into master Make sure to upload a new release of own components before this deadline

Roadmap / Planned Features

Features that Affect the Entire Xfce Core

  • Migrate from exo-csource to xdt-csource: projects using exo-csource needs to be updated (need to call the new binary)

Modules

Please don't take the features listed on these pages as obligatory. Keep in mind that they may or may not make it into the 4.16 release, depending on the time the individual developers have.

Changes in Dependencies

  • Drop optional Gtk2 dependency
  • New dependency on libgtop (system information in libxfce4ui/xfce4-about)