Some time ago, XFCE was one of the graphical environments of choice for those users who wanted a more customizable desktop than others like LXDE and lighter than other options like GNOME. In the latest versions, the graphical environment used by operating systems like Xubuntu has taken some steps back in this regard, but has taken them forward in terms of functions. Those features will continue to arrive with the release of XFCE4.16, version that will win in terms of customization.
Simon Steinbeiss published yesterday an article in which he tells us about the latest changes that have been prepared for the release of XFCE 4.16 and the most notable is the support for Client-Side Decorations o CSDAllowing that a graphical application software is responsible for drawing its own window decorations, historically the responsibility of the window manager. In this way, operating systems like Xubuntu will show a more colorful and uniform system. On the other hand, it is also will support the GtkHeaderBar for all dialogues.
XFCE 4.16 will support CSD and GtkHeaderBars
Among other novelties that will arrive with XFCE 4.16, we have:
- It will support Client-Side Decorations and GtkHeaderBars.
- The XFCE panel's dark mode is now on by default, allowing it to look better with the Adwaita theme.
- Searching for application icons has been improved.
- Now you can create files and folders directly from the directory menu plugin.
- "About XFCE" and other dialogues have been improved. The "Display" dialog now shows the aspect ratio and privileged mode and the "Appearance" dialog now shows GTK3 themes.
- It will drop support for GTK2.
XFCE 4.16 will be available from june of this same year. For the impatient who want to give it a try now, XFCE 4.15, the preview version, is available in the "unstable" repositories of many Linux distributions.
With all these improvements, the doubt if they will also regain some of the fluency that this graphical environment had several years ago, so much so that I resurrected an old computer by installing Xubuntu. It seems that this will not be easy. What do you think about that?