Here are some updates on recent LXDE progresses.
The file manager has much exciting progress:
1. I'm now doing "direct" udisks support without gvfs or
gnome-disk-utility. So far the progress is good and it already can
listed volumes. Mounting and unmounting should be available soon. This
enables volume management totally without gvfs. You can test the
source code in libfm udisks branch.
2. The current code and translations are in good shape and only some
minor gliches need to be fixed.
3. Naveen Kumar Molleti is working on adding custom actions to pcmanfm
as a Google SoC project.
4. Shae Smittle is working on adding file searching utility as a
Google SoC project, but there is no usable code yet.
5. Although 1.0 release is planned, I'm seriously considering adding
udisks supoprt to 1.0. Gvfs actually causes various problems and its
behavior is not predictable sometimes. In addition, it's not
configurable and the volume management interface it provides is quite
limited. Moreover mounting options cannot be changed. Using our own
implementation can make things easier and we don't need to check if
the problems are caused by gvfs or our code since we used our own code
only. But this only will happen when udisks branch is prooved to be
working well and stable. If it's buggy, it won't be in 1.0.
6. During hackweek of openSuSE community, Josef Reidinger and I
started a new project named gfusevfs. It's a new lightweight gvfs
replacement based on fuse. It's not fully working now, but the basic
skeleton is already done. This will work both in LXDE and XFCE. So,
we'll be gnome-free soon.
Kuleshov Alexander is now working on a rewrite of GPicView as a Google
Marty Jack is now doing some major improvement, but the release date is unknown.
Please help testing and give some feedbacks or even better, patches.