From the ‘Small Footprint‘ files:
The Xfce open source desktop is out with its first major update in two years this week. Xfce 4.8 brings the low-resource desktop into the modern era and provides usability improvements across the board.
“Xfce 4.8 is our attempt to update the Xfce code base to all the new
desktop frameworks that were introduced in the past few years,” The Xfce development team wrote in a statement. “We hope
that our efforts to drop pieces like ThunarVFS and HAL with GIO, udev,
ConsoleKit and PolicyKit will help bringing the Xfce desktop to modern
Remote file share access has been dramatically improved, which has long been a sticking point for me. Additionally, the new release promised to reduce window clutter as well.
A rewritten panel application is a big help improving the launcher experience and developers are also claiming the settings dialogs have also been improved. Yup, that means that Xfce just might be able to work on your monitor now too (am I the only one that struggled with that in the past?).