Xfce 4.6-beta is now available for Intrepid users and release plans.

Cody A.W. Somerville cody-somerville at ubuntu.com
Wed Sep 3 18:08:13 UTC 2008


After speaking with a few Xfce developers today, I just wanted to clarify
the origin, intent, and state of these packages. First off, I'd like to
apologize if the impression was given that these packages were in any way an
official beta release. Instead, these packages were candidate snapshots for
the first alpha release for 4.6. and have since been updated to fix critical
bugs. As requested by Xfce developers, I'd like to fully clarify that these
packages are not of beta nor even alpha quality. The intent of these
packages are to provide an easy way to test xfce 4.6 snapshots for Xubuntu
developers - not users. :-)

If you have any further questions then please feel free to either reply to
this list or contact me personally.

Finally, Kudos to Michael for preparing those snapshots for us.

On Wed, Aug 27, 2008 at 2:10 AM, Michael Casadevall
<sonicmctails at gmail.com>wrote:

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> As my first task an Xubuntu developer, I've worked to package Xfce
> 4.6-beta (4.5.80) for intrepid, and I'm glad to announce tonight that
> I feel that it reached the point where its worth announcing an open
> beta test for Xfce 4.6-beta, both to find Xubuntu bugs, and any Xfce
> release issues. As there has been a fairly massive rewrite of some
> major sections of Xfce, it is now a good shakedown cruse to find any
> issues with this release, and work towards filing the bugs upstream.
> In addition, we've used this opportunity to port some of the Xubuntu
> specifc patches such as the unified logout screen.
> It should be stressed that these packages are still extremely
> experimental, and are not recommended for day-to-day use yet, and
> these packages have not been extensively reviewed or tested by the
> Xubuntu team. In addition, to stress the experimental and to
> discourage usage by non-developers, we have only released binaries for
> intrepid. As more people use and review these packages, issues will be
> resolved, and make the actual Xfce 4.6 release that much easier. In
> addition, not all the Xubuntu specific changes have been made yet,
> such as modifications to the help menu item.
> If you are running Intrepid, you can install Xfce 4.6-beta by adding
> the following line to your sources.list:
> deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/xubuntu-dev/ubuntu intrepid main
> As this is the xubuntu-dev PPA, any changes must be uploaded by either
> myself, Cody, or Lionel. I'm willing to sponsor any fixes, and in
> addition mentor people on outstanding issues (being tracked here:
> https://wiki.ubuntu.com/Xubuntu/Roadmap/Specifications/Intrepid/Xfce4.6).
> For those new to Xubuntu development, this is an excellent way to get
> involved.
> As an aside, if there is great demand for it, I am willing to backport
> the 4.6-beta to Hardy once as a team we're convinced there are no
> remaining issues with the beta testing.
> As always, happy hacking.
> Michael Casadevall
> Xubuntu Developer
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Cody A.W. Somerville
Release Engineer
Canonical OEM Solutions Group
Cell: 506-449-5899
Email: cody.somerville at canonical.com
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