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XFCE 4.14 is out!

After years of waiting, it’s finally out!

https://www.xfce.org/about/news/?post=1565568000

I’m particularly looking forward to seeing what bugs here and there it fixes, as well as possible better default theming.

What does this mean for Whonix Project, and how would we incorporate it into Workstation for all users?

Not much for now since Debian already ships https://packages.debian.org/buster/xfce4 version 4.12.5.

Debian freezes and maintains versions during release cycles for any package of a Debian release.

We will likely port to the next version of XFCE when porting Whonix from its current base distribution Debian buster to the upcoming/next release of Debian (codename bullseye) which might be in ~ 2 years from now.

Users are free to upgrade XFCE or any software by themselves at any time before that.
(As per https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Install_Software)
“Same way you would do that on Debian.”
(As per https://www.whonix.org/wiki/Free_Support_Principle)

That would actually be very useful if someone tested that so that newer XFCE versions do not introduce bugs which are blockers for Whonix. Because by the time we port, it might be to late to report bugs and see them fixed in the next stable of Debian.

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Wow. It’s not even in sid repo as of right now.

I intend to test 4.14 out some time, and if it happens I’ll report back here what I discover.

Thanks for the info.

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Your testing in Whonix 15 is blurry compared to Whonix 14? is appreciated. If you don’t test it, probably nobody else is testing it either. By the time we’re trying to port Whonix to the next stable of Debian we might run into bugs which won’t be fixed in time which then could cause big trouble at Whonix side. Testing now makes sure there is still enough time and no catastrophic bugs when time has come.

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