They really need to start supporting the newer technologies (GTK3, Gnome 3 Panel + Unity Indicators), otherwise XFCE will fall to the wayside as an alternative desktop. Whether they like it or not, most new development will occur on Gtk3, including Wayland. By sticking with an older, undeveloped toolkit, they are only hurting themselves and their users.
Screw them, I already ported over half their core desktop apps to GTK3 over a year ago. It took barely two evenings of coding. The git branches are still available, and they are well aware of them. They're just sticking their heads in the sand, not being cautious engineers.
If it took you just a few evenings of coding to get half their core over to Gtk3, what is the cause of the delay?? Are they just being lazy? Is there no manpower? No interest? It seems most users are interested.
I can't find any technical justification for rushing like lemmings to GTK+ 3. Few app's will benefit.
The LTS versions of the most popular distro's will be required to support GTK+ 2 for years to come.
So apart from faddism I'm at a loss to justify this heavy breathing & sweating about porting like crazy to a less mature, less memory efficient toolkit.
Well, there are panel plugins. XFCE hasn't a lot of good plugins itself, most of the good ones are from gnome. Since gnome 2 series is already dropped, I'm pretty sure it's plugins are unmaintained.
I'm in a dilemma about supporting migration or sticking to GTK2, since I want Wayland and updated plugins, but I'm all for performance and memory efficiency too, and GTK3 doesn't seem to care about that a lot.
Originally Posted by bwat47
Those numbers don't even necessarily mean worse performance. Slightly higher memory usage != slower performance unless you have a particularly low memory machine.
IIRC, XFCE is targeted to low resources computers. That means switching to a more resource hungry lib is usually a bad choice.
Sticking with Gtk2 is the correct decision. I thought Gtk3 had technical reasons to be made, but it turns out it’s just much worse than Gtk2 on every front… 50% more memory usage is not “slightly more”… Also it’s pretty hard to find any dark Gtk3 theme at this point.
They really need to start supporting the newer technologies (GTK3, Gnome 3 Panel + Unity Indicators), otherwise XFCE will fall to the wayside as an alternative desktop.
No, they don't actually...
There is no pressing need to urgently dump mature, stable, memory efficent design and run with our pants down to the, apparently, one man project of GTK+ 3. The dev himself is saying it should be scrapped and work started on GTK + 4 because its so bad..
Originally Posted by gururise
Whether they like it or not, most new development will occur on Gtk3, including Wayland. By sticking with an older, undeveloped toolkit, they are only hurting themselves and their users.
Again, Wayland is an emerging long term replacement for the X Window system and as such will someday be very nice when its finished... but there is no pressing need to run to this right this very minute for the majority of desktop users.
I suspect people pushing this "rush rush" line are the diminishing breed of hard core desktop gamers or people with version number envy.