Xfce 4.8 – The Little Mouse That Roared

It’s here, folks. We’ve been patiently waiting for this one… version 4.8 of everyone’s (mine, anyway) favorite desktop environment –> Xfce!

There have been many improvements, judging by the release notes. Read more about it here –> http://www.xfce.org/about/news/?post=1295136000 It may be a bit before you start seeing this in your distribution’s repositories, but you can always attempt an install from source, if you know what you’re doing.

For you Slackers (users of Slackware Linux) out there, Robby Workman has a Slackware Package of 4.8 on his server. Don’t forget to read his NOTES and install the dependencies (which he also provides for you) in the order he suggests. Of course, install at your own risk. If you have an experimental installation of Slack, as I do, it might be better to play with it in that installation rather than your primary OS… just in case, you know.

Ever since KDE4 became a fat, over-bloated MS Windows-like clone, Xfce has been my primary desktop environment. Aww, shucks! I’m just kidding about KDE. It’s fine too, as long as you have 12Gig of RAM and a water-cooled, over-clocked quad-core processor… and don’t mind the occasional system crashes.

Anyway, watch a repository near you or take the bold approach and install from source. Either way, you’ll come to love that little mouse.

Later…

~Eric

Image credits: Xfce logo Copyright 2003-2011 Xfce Development Team

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  • leftystrat  On January 17, 2011 at 20:33

    Looks decent, except that they said the BSD folks will miss some things and xr+r is not compatible with Nvidia. This might cause a problem for me, as at least one of my multi-monitor systems are Nvidia.

    Hurray for menu editor!

    • V. T. Eric Layton  On January 18, 2011 at 10:38

      I definitely 2nd your Hurray for menu editor. I’d gotten pretty good at manipulating my menus without it; I’ll welcome its return, though. : – )

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