@philm so I changed my mirrors to Germany from the US and succeeded in loading everything except whiskermenu-gtk3. I have run some test and include my initial findings here (I hope they are of some value):
General (including xfce panel):
it appears that window Corners composit much nicer than earlier ; I'm using the greybird 3.2 theme.
Theme is using about 1% cpu (seems very light)
RAM use is running at 631MB about 100MB lighter than before.
Notification Area does not work (Panel)
Action Buttons (Panel) can not edit.
Weather Update (in panel) works normally
Seperator functions in panel work normally
Clock function in panel works normally
Whiskermenu (not the gtk3 version) works normally in panel
panel background opacity functions normally
Panel auto-hide (always) works correctly)
Other items noted.
Plank panel on Desktop works normally
Conky desktop widget works normally on Desktop
Windows Manager does not function- I assume due to new xfwm compositor
Window Manager Tweaks does not function- I assume due to new xfwm compositor
Notifications are incorrectly place on screen (bottom setting places notification in the middle)
Synapse continues to function (good thing because it make software installation much easier without Notifications on the panel)
thunar-dropbox- dropbox indicators do not appear on folders
desktop launchers work as before
pamac (Software Installer)
seems to work per normal although it loads and formats itself slowly (the ending operations box takes a bit to load correctly)