After what seems like an eternity, a new release of Xfce is finally just around the corner.  Xfce 4.10 was released in 2012, and since then development has happened in small bursts for each project.  Once a release date was set, interest spiked and development along with it.

The continued development has been recorded by ToZ on the Xfce Forums, and Skunnyk in his blog (parts 1, 2, and 3).  Both are worth a look to see how far Xfce has come in recent months.  If you’re looking for screenshots, you’ll find a few at those links and a gallery at the end of this post.

With just one week until the determined release date (February 28), string freeze is behind us and all that remains is bug fixes.  If you’ve got some development skills, why not swing by the Xfce Bugzilla and provide some patches?  Right now your patches have the best chance of being noticed and merged, so your hard work won’t go to waste!  And development is not the only way to contribute…

Areas for Contribution

Check out the Xfce Contribute page for more details

  • Fixing “easy“, “critical“, and any other bugs you never want to see again
  • Reviewing bugs and patches: Some bugs date back to 2007 and there is a good possibility they are no longer valid. If you don’t think one applies any longer, comment on it indicating as much.
  • Testing: With the sudden influx of fixes and new releases, we need testers more than ever.  Take the new releases for a spin and let us know if you see anything… odd.
  • Translations: Is your native language missing from Xfce? Is the choice of words not quite right?  Help us out!


The following screenshots are not an exhaustive list of the new features, but rather a select list of highlights in the upcoming release.

6 Replies to “Xfce 4.12, One Week Away

  1. I can barely wait! I miss only two things on Xfce: 1st is the ability to position and set a primary display (that has been added, it seems). 2nd is xfce4-terminal profiles. I do use them a lot but I have to user other terminal emulators for that.

  2. Absolutely fantastic, open-source UI design has been steadily moving forward especially, good to see the minimalist UIs catching up too

  3. Xfce remains cool and unbroken. Everything there is to like about it remains, still fully modular with fully replacable parts that each do one thing well, and it shows what continues improvement actually means. This is how software is supposed to be done…

  4. “The Xfce Screenshooter can now upload screenshots to Imgur ”

    This update is great!

    How to test it on Xubuntu 14.04? Is it safe to enable ppa:xubuntu-dev/xfce-4.12 and expect it to work?

    1. Yes. While technically “unsupported”, the PPA is tested and many users (including myself) use it with Xubuntu 14.04.

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