1 year and 4 months of work later, the sleek and simple Linux desktop Xfce 4.16 is out now along with plenty of visual upgrades and some big tech upgrades too. A desktop for those of you who like less bling, more "classic" styling and one that just stays out of you way.
On top of various visual upgrades including a whole new set of icons for the default applications with a consistent colour palette, Xfce 4.16 has seen some other impressive improvements with one major tech change being the introduction of display scaling with a new fractional scaling option in the Display Settings.
They also merged together the preferred applications and mime-type settings into a single window, letting you pick all the defaults together. Saves time with less clicking around and just sounds like it makes a whole lot of sense. Thunar, the file manager for Xfce, also saw some big tech improvements too including the ability to easily pause file operations, queued transfers, view settings per-folder are remembered and support for GTK transparency is added in.
Xfce 4.16 also saw the Panel get plenty of work too including new animations, dark mode support, launchers having more options in the right-click menu, a new Status Tray plugin that combines both legacy Systray item support with modern StatusNotifier item support and various other little changes elsewhere like the About application now having a section for basic details of your PC.