1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Xfce 4.6 Alpha Available With New Features

Michael Larabel

Published on 14 September 2008
Written by Michael Larabel
Page 1 of 2 - 6 Comments

The final release of the Xfce 4.6 desktop environment was supposed to come this month, but instead the first alpha release has finally come about. Xfce 4.4 was originally released in January of 2007, so it has been quite a while since this lightweight desktop environment has received a major update. This release though does introduce a fair number of changes, which we have covered in this article.

Xfce 4.6 introduces a new configuration system that is called xfconf and serves as a replacement to their MCS system. Xfconf is driven by D-Bus and was designed with GConf in mind but to be much simpler and easier to work with, according to the Xfce documentation. This xfconf configuration system brings an xfconfd daemon, xfsettingsd, libxfconf library, and xfconf-query. xfconf-query is similar to gconftool in that it's a command-line solution for querying and setting values with this configuration system. The GUI-based editor for the xfconf system is xfce4-settings-editor and is similar to gconf-editor.

In Xfce 4.6 there is also a replacement for mcs-manager. Xfce4-settings is the named replacement and it comes with several new settings dialogs and is compliant with the xfconf system. The new settings dialogs include xfce4-mouse-settings, xfce4-keyboard-settings, xfce4-appearance-settings, xfce4-accessibility-settings, and xfce4-display-settings. Also new is the xfce4-settings-manager and xfce4-settings-helper. Also new is xfce4-mixer, which is their new volume control application. Within Xfce 4.6 users can now support different sound systems simultaneously (such as ALSA, OSS, and PulseAudio) as well as manage multiple sound cards. The xfce4-mixer has been rewritten around the GStreamer 0.10 interface.

<< Previous Page
1
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Scythe Mugen MAX
  2. Intel Core i7 5960X Haswell-E On Linux
  3. Intel 80GB 530 Series M.2 SSD On Linux
  4. With A New Motherboard, The Core i7 5960X Haswell-E Lights Up
Latest Linux Articles
  1. 7-Way Linux Desktop Gaming Comparison On Ubuntu 14.10
  2. Intel P-State vs. CPUFreq Benchmarks On The i7-5960X
  3. RadeonSI GLAMOR Benchmarks With X.Org Server 1.16
  4. RadeonSI Gallium3D vs. Catalyst At 4K UHD On Linux
Latest Linux News
  1. AntiMicro 2.6 Yields Greater Compatibility For Gamepads On Linux
  2. OpenGL 3.3 / GLSL 3.30 Lands For Intel Sandy Bridge On Mesa
  3. AMD's RadeonSI Gallium3D Driver Sees Some Improvements
  4. Mesa 10.3 Released With The Latest Open-Source GPU Driver Improvements
  5. GNOME 3.13.92 Officially Released
  6. Wine 1.7.27 Is Still Working Towards Direct2D Support
  7. Wasteland 2 Officially Launched Today, Including For Linux Gamers
  8. Tropico 5 Launches On Steam For Linux
  9. The Intel Core i7 5960X Continues Running Great On Linux
  10. Geometry Shaders, OpenGL 3.2 Land In Mesa For Intel Sandy Bridge
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. X.Org Women Outreach Program Only Turns Up Two Applicants So Far
  2. New Group Calls For Boycotting Systemd
  3. Stop grabbing my keyboard :(
  4. ASRock AM1H-ITX: One Of The Best AM1 Mini-ITX Motherboards
  5. Glamor now enabled in Debian radeonsi
  6. Can Linux kill a motherboard?
  7. It's Now Possible To Play Netflix Natively On Linux Without Wine Plug-Ins
  8. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers