Thanks for the update. Lots of important work going on 'behind the scenes'.
I see some xfce stuff in development (or thoughts about, I forget now where I saw that). So if that is true I'll 2nd some xfce stuff
and especially xfce4-appfinder
-- I always use it as a sort of "MENU" launched from the dock).. Below from Sparky(debain). I find it better than any of the standard menus from various distros.
Also as mentioned earlier some sort of ability to "open as administrator"
in file manager.