jmbraddock at earthlink.net
Thu Nov 2 13:09:55 UTC 2006
> but we are not talking about a new version of xfce, but bugfixes for a
> also xfce is different from Gnome as it is purely community based
> project without any firm deadlines and roadmaps. They almost code it for
> themselves. So it is difficult to sync it with xubuntu release cycle...
I'm more of a lurker, here, but I'd be very careful about deviating
too far from the intention of specific Ubuntu releases (ie. 6.06 being
LTS) if you are trying to convince people that Xubuntu is based on
Ubuntu instead of being a fork.
Otherwise, if you start putting newer versions of XFCE in 6.06, which by
this groups own admission are not as fully tested as they could be
(because of lack of time and support), you run the risk of a) breaking
something else and b) potentially having to support multiple versions of
It seems a much more sensible approach, albeit, not as pallatable for
6.06 users who are wanting XFCE 4.4, would be to leave 6.06 at it's
current XFCE version and supply patches for critical bug fixes (which
might happen to be the 4.4 packages in some or most cases), but save the
latest version for the latest release or Xubuntu.
This would mean the Xubuntu team would not have to focus testing 4.4 on
multiple version of the distro and could concentrate on getting it to
work correctly on the current, or planned released version. There is
nothing stopping anybody running 6.06 or 6.10 from changing their
respository and updating the XFCE packages (and then changing the
repository back, of course). That process just wouldn't be officially
Also, wouldn't doing this require a whole new repository for 6.06? Do
we have our own repository or do we use the Ubuntu repository? I ask,
because it is Ubuntu that pledges the LTS with 6.06, and they might just
not want something, such as a new desktop environment, that has the
potential to break other things added, unless it was to fix serious bugs.
In short, while I understand the desire to have the latest XFCE in all
versions of Xubuntu, given the limited resources available and the
external considerations, it seems that it would be best to focus on
having the latest XFCE in the latest release of Xubuntu.
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