It has arrived: Xfce 4.8

The Xfce development team has announced the release of Xfce 4.8, the culmination of almost two years of work. The release makes Xfce once again a truly modern desktop environment by making use of recent desktop frameworks that, for example, finally allow you to browse remote shares or to edit the menu using a menu editor like Alacarte. Unfortunately, as the Xfce team makes clear in the release announcement, these frameworks often do not properly support non-Linux open source systems, meaning the Xfce team could not support those systems as well they would like to. For Xubuntu, being Linux-based, this has no effect.

Apart from adding many crucial modern features (which also meant completely rewriting the application that displays the panels), Xfce’s development process has been formalized, and the first steps have been taken in forming a non-profit organization, to ensure a viable future for Xfce. I covered the renewed development process and new features in my look at the first preview release. For a more detailed update by the Xfce team, check out the tour on new features in Xfce 4.8, part of (do these guys ever sleep?) the new website to accompany the new release.

The new version of Xfce is scheduled to be included in Xubuntu 11.04, to be released in April of this year.

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12 Responses to “It has arrived: Xfce 4.8”


  1. 1 Robert Eckert 24 January 2011 at 7:40 pm

    XFCE is the best desktop environment. I just can not wait until I get this into my XUBUNTU!! Thanks for all your dedicated hard work on making the best desktop available even better!! So much appreciated!!

  2. 2 Jason 28 January 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I think xfce and xubuntu have definitely crossed a threshold that had been keeping the average user from being comfortable with them. It’s exciting.

  3. 3 Pedro A 15 May 2011 at 10:14 am

    I upgraded regular Ubuntu 10.10 to 11.04, started puking with the Unity Desktop, installed xubuntu over it and enabled compiz in XFCE. This is another (=my old computer) again :-)

  4. 4 jamesmuga 19 October 2011 at 3:48 am

    Since 11.04 i found it comfortable working with Xfce than Unity

  5. 5 xface 19 October 2011 at 2:00 pm

    hmmm…
    This blog is dead.
    What a shame.

    • 6 Vincent 19 October 2011 at 2:54 pm

      Yeah sorry, I’m a hard working student right now and also need to earn my own income so I have a job as well, which doesn’t really leave time for experimenting and writing detailed blog posts :)

      (Also, I have to admit that I use regular Ubuntu nowadays, I’ve fallen in love with Unity :) )

  6. 7 dnua 7 December 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Xfce 4.8 – THE BEST!!!

  7. 8 daus 14 December 2011 at 5:32 am

    more posts please :)

  8. 9 Tom 11 January 2012 at 10:47 am

    Why does Xubuntu 4.12 LTS Ubuntu but three years support and 12.04 five years?.
    They still use the same engine.
    I think you can calm the Xuby 12.04 LTS five years use and get all security updates like Ubuntu Precise.
    Apart from the XFCE programs now that can not be a problem.
    Sincerely Tom.

    • 10 Vincent 11 January 2012 at 11:57 am

      As far as Ubuntu is supported (i.e. by the repositories staying online and core packages being updated), you’re covered. However, the Xubuntu team is very small (I’d guess around 5 persons), and can only patch the Xubuntu parts for so long (the fact that they’re doing an LTS at all is pretty great IMO).

  9. 11 Tom 11 January 2012 at 12:34 pm

    Thank you for your quick response.
    With kind regards Tom.

  10. 12 Chris 19 February 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Well done, this has been my first experiencs with Xfce and it has been a pleasure. I will sing praises far and wide!!!! :))))


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