[CentOS-devel] RFC: Alternative Desktop SIG

Wed Jul 9 19:15:42 UTC 2014
Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com>

On 9 July 2014 13:00, Anders F Björklund <afb at users.sourceforge.net> wrote:

> 29 maj 2014 kl. 00.29 skrev Stephen John Smoogen:
> > On 24 May 2014 07:44, Jim Perrin <jperrin at centos.org> wrote:
> >
> >> Right now we've been reasonably 'heads-down' on building the seven rc
> >> and getting prepared for when 7 lands, but I haven't heard anything more
> >> from the folks who proposed the sig. We have been in contact with the
> >> EPEL folks to stuff in there. Currently epel has both mate and cinnamon,
> >> and may pick up more once 7 goes gold.
> >
> > My apologies. I have been head down in my own work and let this get
> > away. What do people want to hear on this and want to see? My starting
> > issue was to get a conversation started and see who was interested in
> > what desktops and such without it being a one guy SIG.
> Hi, I am interested in getting the Xfce desktop "supported" for CentOS.
> Including working with upstream (Xfce and Fedora/EPEL), filing bugs
> and improving the packaging - seems like they were mostly dumped...
> The 4.6 Xfce in EPEL 5 was less polished than 4.4 in CentOS 5 Extras.
> For instance, the whole group (Xfce) is missing from the EPEL comps ?
> I can do rpm packaging, spec file creation/editing and mock building.
> I don't use any of the other minority or retro desktop environments,
> like LXDE or MATE/Trinity, so "just" the GTK+-based desktop of Xfce.
> Think it's around 50-100 packages (mandatory-optional) for CentOS 5-7.
> With EPEL 7 still in beta, and no (or not many) Xfce packages being
> built so far - I decided to see how far off it was, by using Fedora.
> Not very, it turned out... It already runs (!), with some minor things
> like ConsoleKit/systemd and udisks/udisks2, with the .fc18 packages.
> The first step would be to rebuild "@xfce-desktop" properly for .el7,
> next step is apps (midori/claws-mail/etc) and office (abiword/gnumeric).
> Or possibly just ignore those for now and use Mozilla and LibreOffice ?
> I also had some ideas about the default theme for icons and background.
> Details at: http://afb.users.sourceforge.net/xfce/xfce-desktop.html

Cool and thank you. I had this listed as my weekend project this week
because someone wanted a working XFCE spin. If there is anyway I can help
on this let me know.

Stephen J Smoogen.
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