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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
April Release Phase Wait patiently Perform releases, remind people of deadlines Perform releases of own components if desired
April - May 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!
April - May 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
April - May 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)
Around June 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)


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
libxfce4ui Simon In Progress 80%
libxfce4util - Done 0%
thunar Andre, Alex In Progress 50%
xfce4-panel Simon In Progress 50%
xfce4-session Simon 40%
xfce4-settings Simon? Stalled 10%
xfwm4 Olivier?
xfce4-power-manager Simon In Progress 50%

Changes in Dependencies

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