Having no tabs in Thunar (on 12.04 LTS) was doing my head in, so I updated Xfce using this PPA.
Recently, I started wondering...was it really such a good thing to have added that 4.10 PPA to update the whole desktop environment (perhaps I would have been better of just manually pulling a thunar .deb from the Saucy repo?).
The problem: being attached to a PPA with a specific version number implies that my desktop will be attached to that specific version number, ad infinitum. Obviously, this is something I'd like to avoid - because it would mean my desktop would never be updated past 4.10.X.
A bit of digging led me to search out the Xfce website and see how far behind I was. This revealed that 4.10 was released as stable 28/4/2012. Development on 4.12 seems to be pretty stagnant...the roadmap shows that the cycle was frozen on 27/5/2012 and hasn't been kick started since. Even the members of the release team are fixed as 'tbd'. The only ray of hope is that the 4.10 PPA still seems to be building packages reguarly (and presumably pulling them from upstream?).
So, in summary:
1) Is being stuck on this 4.10 PPA as bad as it sounds? The handy thing about package management on Linux (as compared to Windoze) is that the process is nearly entirely automated. A command, a password, a y/n, and my system feels shiny and new again. On Windoze, the only way to get the same effect is with a reformatting. Having to regularly see if my 4.10 install is out of date yet would seriously spoil the fun (perhaps not enough to force me back onto Windows 8, but...eugh !)
2) Is my favourite desktop a zombie that is kept rolling by incorporation into new releases of distros (i.e. Saucy), rather than being having its own vitality upstream? Does anyone have any development news to clear my woes?
Apologies for waxing lyrical. This 'revelation' does call for a bit of melanchology, dramatic violins and all I'm afraid!
PS - yes, I do know about this PPA. I'm unwilling to apply it without hearing some good news first about 4.12, however.