Xfce 4.16 Released with Visual Changes and Numerous Improvements

After one year and four months of work, Xfce 4.16 was released with many exciting features, usability enhancements, and bug fixes.

Xfce is the preferred choice for many Linux distributions’ leading lightweight desktop environments. The new version comes with many incremental improvements to this GTK3 desktop environment.

What’s New in Xfce 4.16

The desktop icon set is completely changed to overhaul the vital aspect of the Xfce desktop environment.

It was updated from a strange mix of random (partly Tango-based) icons and not following any naming scheme to a new, visually consistent set (following the freedesktop.org naming specification and a fixed color palette).

Xfce 4.16 Icons Set

As we reported earlier, there is fractional scaling support in Xfce 4.16 with the support for resizing and rotation. In addition, the display dialog has the 1x, 1.5x, 2x, and custom scaling options available.

Xfce 4.16 fractional scaling

Thunar file manager also received a boatload of fixes and quite a few notable features:

  • Pause for copy/move operations
  • Support for queued file transfer
  • Remembering view settings per directory
  • Support for transparency in Gtk themes
Thunar file manager

Xfce Panel sees a new plugin, “Status Tray,” merging the status notifier and systray plugins. So you can now change the icon size in the panel using this plugin.

Xfce 4.16 Status Tray

More details on Xfce 4.16 can be seen via the release announcement and the project’s visual tour.

Finally, you can download Xfce 4.16 from the project website or wait for your distro to package it up and make it available.

Bobby Borisov

Bobby Borisov

Bobby, an editor-in-chief at Linuxiac, is a Linux professional with over 20 years of experience. With a strong focus on Linux and open-source software, he has worked as a Senior Linux System Administrator, Software Developer, and DevOps Engineer for small and large multinational companies.

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