What’s New in Xfce 4.14 Desktop

Published on October 10, 2019 by

After 4 years and 5 months of development, Xfce 4.14 was finally released. a release that it is probably included in the software repositories of almost all Linux-based operating systems. The goal for Xfce 4.14, as the developers explain, was to port all of the core components to the latest GTK3 and GDBus open-source technologies, instead of the old GTK2 and D-Bus Glib.

Window manager Xfce 4.14, now support VSync to reduce display flickering. It also now supports HiDPI, NVIDIA proprietary/closed source drivers, XInput2. XFCE 4.14 also introduces a new default theme.

A new default theme is present as well in Xfce 4.14, and the Thunar file manager now features a completely revamped pathbar, BluRay support for the volume manager, support for larger thumbnails, improved keyboard navigation, and support for a “folder.jpg” file to alter the folder’s icon.

XFCE 4.14 Panel got support for RandR’s primary monitor feature, improved window grouping in the tasklist plugin (better UX, visual group indicator etc), a per-panel “icon-size” setting, a new default clock format. Users can also now change the orientation of the icons on the desktop, as well as to preview Fujifilm RAF images in the file manager.

RandR’s primary monitor feature is now supported on both the panel and the desktop, a brand-new settings dialog is available to manage color profiles, it’s now possible to save and restore entire multi-display configurations via the display dialog, and the appearance dialog now features GTK window scaling and monospace font support.

The session manager has been greatly enhanced as well in Xfce 4.14, now featuring hybrid sleep support, the ability to run commands during login, logout, or suspend, support for adding and editing autostart entries, better session chooser and settings dialogs, as well as improved default session startup.

For more details read : Xfce 4.14 release notes