Sorry, nope, tarballs not installable with finite effort...
configure of exo-0.3.4 fails on glib:
"checking for glib-2.0 >= 2.6.4... not found"
I got /usr/lib/libglib-2.0.so.0.1400.1 and /usr/lib/libglibmm-2.4.so.1.0.24, plus /usr/lib/libglib-1.2.so.0.0.10 (for the only serious WM, Fvwm2).
Is it the lib name (resp. linked standard aliases) or the double versions that confuses config? (I tried a linked alias in an extra directory and ./configure GLIB_LIBS=/usr/lib/fcknGlib2/)
Neither is the f'n thunar_0.9.0-2~bpo40+2_i386.deb package installable due to missing xfce libs on my offline f'n ubuntu box.
That hints that thunar is no universal file manager, but a xfce gadget (thus requires superfluous junk to carry around and doubles the risk of one day breaking).
BTW, I keep that box offline to tinker/assemble an offline maintainable system, for I am living/travelling far outside civilization.
N.B.: A system that is not maintainable offline (via USB stick etc.) is NOT internets capable, i.e. not net-fail/bottleneck safe! (E.g. ubuntu is disqualified)
** I am completely fed up with such mess **
That lib mess is one major reason to write my own file manager "TkDesk2" in a cross-platform lib independent script language... My first part-prototype file list in Tcl/Tk outperforms the f'n konqueror. In about a year I might present TkDesk2 to the world.