Testing "superficially" Xfce 4.10pre1

Well guys, I already managed to install Xfce 4.10pre1 in my dear Debian after struggling a bit with the compilation of packages, not because it is difficult, but because of my lack of knowledge on these issues.

My goal is not to show the installation process, because at the moment I do not recommend Xfce 4.10pre1 for use in production environments. Anyway, at the end of the article I talk a little about the subject. Don't get too excited about the changes either, as you won't see anything new in terms of the interface.

Visual changes

Among the few novelties that we can find in this new version, we have a new Preference Center where the elements are organized by categories.

A detail that I had not noticed before (if it was, I don't remember) is that now Icons on the Desktop can be ordered.

  • Now the thumbnails of the images are displayed (and the rest of the icons) doing use of Tumblerd.
  • We can also drag several icons across the desktop, although only the last one selected is shown.
  • We have the option to open the folders with a single click, and the unmounted devices are semi-transparent.
  • We can install themes Gtk dragging the .tar.gz about the options Appearance »Themes.

There may be some other changes but so far I have not noticed them. For the rest, I have the feeling that Xfce the session starts faster and that consumption has decreased a lot.


If you want to venture out to try it, we just have to follow the directions on this link, where we can find which packages and dependencies we have to install. The installation can be done in / Usr, / usr / local, / opt / xfce4 or some folder of our / Home. I first uninstalled Xfce 4.8 and cleared my settings to make everything from scratch.

Before compiling, we must execute the following command in the terminal:
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="${PREFIX}/lib/pkgconfig:$PKG_CONFIG_PATH"

Where {PREFIX} is the prefix or directory where we are going to install Xfce. For example, if we are going to do it in / usr, we execute the command:
export PKG_CONFIG_PATH="/usr/lib/pkgconfig:$PKG_CONFIG_PATH"

When compiling we must know that Xfce has a specific order, which is as follows:

  1. libxfce4util-4.9.0 /
  2. xfconf-4.9.0 /
  3. libxfce4ui-4.9.1 /
  4. exo-0.7.2 /
  5. garcon-0.1.11 /
  6. xfce4-panel-4.9.1 /
  7. Thunar-1.3.1 /
  8. xfce4-settings-4.9.4 /
  9. xfce4-session-4.9.0 /
  10. xfdesktop-4.9.2 /
  11. xfwm4-4.9.0 /
  12. xfce-utils-4.8.3 /
  13. xfce4-appfinder-4.9.4 /
  14. gtk-xfce-engine-2.99.2 /
  15. thunar-vfs-1.2.0 /

Here I leave you the script I used to install everything, with the necessary parameters ..


Although I have not thoroughly tested all the functionalities yet, I think the goal of the Xfce team has been reached and with the version 4.10 we will have a Desktop Environment improved and stable. I remind you that it is best to wait for Xfce 4.10 is available in your favorite distributions.

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  1.   fredy said

    It is quite interesting, the main thing is to keep it simple and thank you for informing us.

  2.   Oscar said

    "He who perseveres will triumph" Congratulations, you did it very quickly, as to whether the icons on the desktop in version 4.8 can be ordered, I remind you that you do not have that option, but you can do it by dragging them.

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      Thanks Oscar ^^ because that new option is really comfortable. The bad thing is that I don't know if you can define in what order you want to organize the icons.

  3.   jeronimo gonzalez said

    Sorry but those icons are the new ones from xfce or did you add them yourself? They are very good!!!!

    1.    elav <° Linux said

      I installed them from the repository (on Debian) they are called Gnome-Brave 😀

  4.   wheezy said

    The script is appreciated, I lost more patience when compiling, I can't handle the dependencies ... I'll test the script on the virtual machine to see how it works. Thanks crack!

  5.   Mariano said

    I encountered several problems.

    1. To get the time and notification area to the right I had to use an invisible separator and I don't remember this being the case before.
    2. The mixer and the orage time and date apps stopped working on the panels. Also the weather.
    3. The desktop icons are brought together at the top left when a window or an action is brought to the foreground and when it is closed or minimized they return to their normal position.
    4. Thunar still does not work correctly with the thumbs, if I modify an image, it still does not appear modified in its thumb.

    For now I have not found any other noticeable flaws.

  6.   Gabriel said

    I only want tabs on Thunar. ^^

    1.    sieg84 said

      me too. Without realizing it, I already have at least 10 thunar open

    2.    Carlos-Xfce said

      I want to divide the panel in two, as in Nautilus. It's more practical: one window, two panels, zero tabs.

  7.   Guillermo Abrego said

    Very good news, I am really looking forward to the release of xfce 4.10 ... I know that many are thinking about Ubuntu 12.04 but what really interests me is this new version of the desktop environment that prevented me from returning to windows!

  8.   Mauritius said

    The wait becomes more anxious. They have done a good job.

  9.   Phyto said

    Hello everyone,
    Thanks for the script. I found a very small error in the build of libxfce4ui, after the make it says "sudo make && install"
    It was just that.
    Greetings and thanks again.