Sorry dhinds , I gave up on FCE after I tried the LXQT version - which I'm sold on , far better in My opinion
The greta part about it is that we have the choice(s). I tried LXQT and do not like the way you have to add applications to the panel. I do like the way you can add several (as many as you like?) applications to a single program launcher and access them as a menu.
That being said, I have been able to deibianify my compilations using the "checkinstall" utility. It does not really set up dependency checks, etc. but it will generate and install a debian package. However, you also have to download, compile, and install most of the apps because of the dependency problem.
I compiled everything on a laptop running pure Debian testing. Then I transferred the debian files to my desktop running sparky 3.6, uninstalled xfce4.10, installed all my new 4.12 files, and it is working, and it is fast.
I will keep checking on LXQT, though. I seem to have a fetish installing different distributions and desk tops.