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Xfce 4.14 Lands in Tumbleweed

August 23rd, 2019 by

Ahoy! openSUSE Xfce team is pleased to announce that the long awaited Xfce 4.14 has been released for Tumbleweed.

After a long development cycle (4 years!), all of the core components and applications have been ported to GTK 3.

Among the main new features and improvements, the xfwm4 window manager has finally gained support for VSync, HiDPI, hardware GLX and various compositor improvements.

You can check out the neat new features in the official Xfce 4.14 tour and the official release announcement.

openSUSE Changes

For openSUSE, we continued to polish the default experience by adding new packages that complete the desktop and make it more approachable to new users.

We:

Switched to xfce4-screensaver, the new Xfce screenlocker, from xscreensaver

– Added xfce4-panel-profiles, a tool to back up and restore your panel layout configuration as well as layout presets

– Added mugshot, a tool to easily input personal information and a user avatar. It is integrated into the Whisker Menu

– Added lightdm-gtk-greeter-settings, a tool to easily configure LightDM

– Added gnome-disk-utility, a disk management tool that allows you to partition disks and mount ISO files

New GTK Theme

In the process of updating to Xfce 4.14, we decided that we wanted to have our very own GTK theme. Thus, Greybird Geeko was born.

Based on the popular Greybird Xfce theme, Greybird Geeko is an official spin with an openSUSE look & feel and other improvements, such as a dark variant of the theme. 

A special shout out to Carson Black who carried out the work and maintains this theme! For a quick overview, please check out the screenshots.

A big “thank you” to everyone who got involved in this release! 

More information about Xfce on openSUSE is available at https://en.opensuse.org/Portal:Xfce.

Next Leap 42.3 Snapshot Equates to Release Candidate

June 6th, 2017 by

Rolling Development Still needs Testing, Promoters

Since changing to a rolling development version model for the eventual release of openSUSE Leap 42.3, challenges have arisen to get more people testing it.

There is no milestone releases (Alpha or Beta) for openSUSE Leap 42.3, but snapshots of the development version are constantly being released.

“So far I have not seen too many 42.3 bugs,” said Leap Release Manager Luwdig Nussel in his talk at the openSUSE Conference. “I don’t think we are bug free, so I think it just is not tested enough.”

Some Linux users might find a rolling development process for a Linux release to be less appealing for testing, but testing is certainly necessary before the actual release Leap 42.3 at the end of July.

The next minor version of Leap 42.3 is mostly a refresh and hardware enablement release that will have more than 10,000 packages. While the development version of Leap 42.3 it is still considerably stable because it is extremely hardened and shares sources from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE) 12, the release could still use more testing and people willing to promote openSUSE’s next minor 42 series version.

Nussel said SLE 12 Service Pack 3 (SP3) and Leap 42.3 are developed in parallel to one another and both benefit from mutual bug reports.

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