Earlier this month, on August 12, Free Software Community released Xfce 4.14, a major update that introduced many new features in its applications, functions and fixes. But practically all software development alternates major updates with minor ones that focus on fixing bugs, and it will be. Xfce 4.16, an update that will be in development less than a year and whose reason for being will be to polish what we have been available for two weeks.
Xfce 4.14 was in development for more than four years and in that time they had time to introduce improvements such as the window manager, which includes support for VSync, for HiDPI or improved support for GLX with Nvidia's proprietary drivers. They also introduced a "Do Not Disturb" mode that, once you try it, you don't understand how you could have lived without it. The next version of the graphical environment will coincide with a cycle of six months, so should arrive in February 2020.
Xfce 4.16 will be released in February 2020
The development of Xfce 4.16 It has already begun. Taking into account that the previous version was in development for more than 4 years And that we are talking about graphical environments, we can say that it will be treated as one of the Plasma updates like the current Plasma 5.16.4: although the changes to the KDE environment arrive more frequently and quickly, after, for example, Plasma 5.16.0. 5 XNUMX minor updates are coming, the first being released just two weeks after "zero point".
Xfce is, or well, it's known to be one of the lightest graphics environments at the same time as customizable ones that are available for Linux, but many of its users have complained that they have abandoned the lightness in their latest versions. By the looks of it, its developers are working to make up some of their lost ground in this regard. If they will succeed, only time knows.