En December 2020, we announce here in ubunlog, and other Linux websites the launch of XFCE4.16. And everything indicates that just after the 2 years of this fact, we will see the launch of “XFCE 4.18”.
For this reason, we have decided to dedicate this entry to such a fabulous “Desktop Environment (Desktop Manager)”, which, by the way, is my favorite also.
And, before starting this post about the XFCE Desktop Environment and the next release of its version “XFCE 4.18”, we recommend exploring the following related contents, at the end of today's:
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XFCE 4.18: Next version ready for December 2022
A bit about XFCE in general
According to the XFCE Community in its Official website, XFCE is:
"XFCE is a lightweight desktop environment for UNIX-like systems. Its goal is to be fast and use few system resources, while remaining visually appealing and easy to use. In addition, embodies the traditional UNIX philosophy of modularity and reuse. Since, it is made up of a series of applications that provide all the functionality that can be expected from a modern desktop environment. This, thanks to the fact that these apps are packaged separately and can be chosen among the available packages to create an optimal personal environment for work".
Can be installed via GUI/CLI with Tasksel as follows:
Installation via Tasksel GUI
apt update apt install tasksel tasksel install xfce-desktop --new-install
Installation via Tasksel CLI
apt update apt install tasksel tasksel
And finish by selecting the XFCE desktop environment, among all the options.
Manual installation via terminal
apt update apt install xfce4 lightdm xfce4-goodies xfce4-appmenu-plugin xfce4-eyes-plugin xfce4-indicator-plugin xfce4-mpc-plugin xfce4-sntray-plugin xfce4-statusnotifier-plugin
And of course, after any major installation, it is always recommended to execute the following commands:
apt update; apt full-upgrade; apt install -f; dpkg --configure -a; apt-get autoremove; apt --fix-broken install; update-apt-xapian-index
localepurge; update-grub; update-grub2; aptitude clean; aptitude autoclean; apt-get autoremove; apt autoremove; apt purge; apt remove; apt --fix-broken install
On the release of XFCE 4.18 in December 2022
Referring specifically to the schedule set forth in its roadmap, the current development of version 4.18 this has entered November 2022, XNUMX in the next stage or phase:
- Freeze your features and chains: Stage in which no new feature or functionality will be added, and the development will begin to be officially announced and a preliminary version (pre1) will be made available.
While for the December 2022, XNUMX will enter the next stage or phase:
- code freeze: Stage in which, nothing more will be added to the code, and only final errors will be corrected, In addition, a second preliminary version (pre2) will be made publicly available.
And to finish the development, between the December 15 and 29, will launch a latest preview (pre3) as well as the final stable version de XFCE4.18.
In short, we have to wait a little longer, until december this year, especially those who we use and prefer XFCE over other DE/WM, to start enjoy all your news.
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