After 1 year and 4 months of work, Xfce 4.16 released with many exciting features. The new stable version makes a number of visual changes, usability enhancements, and bug fixes.
Above all Xfce is the main lightweight desktop environment choice of many Linux distributions. Xfce 4.16 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 vial 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).
As we reported earlier there is fractional scaling support in Xfce 4.16 with the support of resize and rotate. The display dialog has the 1x, 2x, 1.5x, and custom scaling options available.
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
Xfce Panel sees a new plugin “Status Tray” merging the statusnotifier and systray plugins. You can now change the icon size in the panel using this plugin.
Finally, you can download Xfce 4.16 from the project website now, or wait for your distro to package it up and make it available.