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Schedule for and Status of the Xfce 4.16 Development Cycle


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
2019-10-18 Dependency Freeze Update dependency info, inform community about the decisions made (dependencies, unguaranteed feature preview)
2019-10-20 - April 2020 Development Phase Support Xfce Supervise development, remind people of deadlines
May Release Phase Wait patiently Perform releases, remind people of deadlines Perform releases of own components if desired
2020-08-27 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!
2020-11-19 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)
December 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

  • Use CSD (client-side decorations) for XfceTitledDialog and potentially apps: Review of current Xfwm4 decorations vs. CSD
  • Drop support for Gtk2
  • Create a new icon set with application icons for Xfce that will be shipped as part of the components
  • Switch to icons rDNS naming for icons and desktop files
  • Replace certain general icons with their symbolic counterparts, e.g. “window-close” with “window-close-symbolic” (otherwise they look bad in Dark Mode apps or with dark themes)
  • Migrate from exo-csource to xdt-csource: projects using exo-csource needs to be updated (need to call the new binary)


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.

Module Assignee Status Progress
exo Sean, Andre 70%
libxfce4ui Simon Done 100%
libxfce4util - Done
thunar Andre, Alex In Progress 50%
xfce4-panel Simon In Progress 85%
xfce4-session Simon In Progress 80%
xfce4-settings Simon, Sean In Progress 80%
xfconf Ali 90%
xfwm4 Olivier 10%
xfce4-power-manager Simon In Progress 85%
garcon Simon Done 100%
xfce4-dev-tools Skunnyk 99%

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  • pkgconfig
  • automake
  • autoconf
  • libtool
  • gtk+-3.0 >= 3.22
    • Same version for gdk-3.0.
  • glib-2.0 >= 2.50
    • Same version for gmodule-2.0, gobject-2.0, gthread-2.0, gio-2.0 and gdbus
  • gdk-pixbuf-2.0 >= 2.30
  • cairo >= 1.12
  • vte3 >= 0.38
  • libwnck3
  • upower-0.99
  • consolekit / systemd

Changes in Dependencies

  • Drop optional Gtk2 dependency
  • New dependency on libgtop (system information in libxfce4ui/xfce4-about)
  • glib-2.0 minimum 2.42 –> 2.50

Other planned changes

  • Migrate our Git setup to a self-hosted GitLab instance: DONE
  • Enable basic GitLab CI setup: DONE
  • Migrate Bugzilla to GitLab: DONE

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