Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Nov 2009 17:18 UTC, submitted by Michael
Window Managers Only last week Samsung pushed out a press release announcing its new mobile operating system, named Bada. Little is known about this new operating system beyond the name of the project, but thanks to Phoronix, we know a little detail that might indicate what, exactly, Bada will be like. As it turns out, Samsung is sponsoring the Enlightenment project.
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Fantastic News
by shadowhand on Wed 18th Nov 2009 18:05 UTC
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This is fantastic news for Enlightenment! I have been very impressed with E17 every time I used it, but it was always hard to build and sometimes very buggy. Hopefully this Sponsorship make it possible for raster to fully flex his genius programming abilities and push E17 into the mainstream.

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RE: Fantastic News
by alcibiades on Wed 18th Nov 2009 18:53 UTC in reply to "Fantastic News"
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Yes, its great news for them, and its also, lets give credit, a brave and enterprising move by Samsung. One wonders who approached who. If it was Samsung, really, good for them.

Time to fire it up again and try using it full time for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. At the moment I am on fluxbox, which is very nice, it stays out of the way, and its fast. But E, its a real jewel in the crown, and fluxbox by comparison is a bit dull.

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So far Bada is only a "platform"
by kragil on Wed 18th Nov 2009 19:33 UTC
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Calling it an OS is just speculation. I think it is more like an application layer. Maybe it is just Enlightenment + proprietary kernel.

(This link seems to confirm that.)

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I dunno, so far its all been marketing speak, so its hard to tell what it is exactly. While the overwhelming vagueness even for a press releases means we should assume as little as possible and thats leaves bada with not much, it doesn't change the fact that if Samsung wants in on the smartphone game, they need an os. Snapping up existing technologies is the fastest and cheapest way of getting a competitive os (and at this point I don't think anyone but Mircosoft could put together a new proprietary os to compete with the existing crop), so if Bada won't be their os, what will?

I'm glad enlightenment found some backing, they have always been able to produce a very attractive environment that could run on lower end hardware, but their pace of development has been glacial. Hopefully this will help things a bit and the mobile sector is a good fit for their technologies.

Edited 2009-11-18 20:11 UTC

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Terrasoft / Yellowdog
by n.l.o on Wed 18th Nov 2009 21:41 UTC
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I seem to recall Terrasoft/YDL also sponsoring E17 development for the PS3 not so long ago.

Anyone know what came of it?

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Good News!
by TheTaz on Wed 18th Nov 2009 22:08 UTC
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This is good news. I find E17's "perpetual beta" quite annoying. With hope, something will shake loose soon with a "final release" version. Then perhaps more distros will pick it up as a default environment.

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RE: Good News!
by Beresford on Thu 19th Nov 2009 00:57 UTC in reply to "Good News!"
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I read a while ago that a v1.0 release was planned for the end of this year.

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by nicolasgoddone on Thu 19th Nov 2009 12:59 UTC
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Enlightenment is one of the best window managers, efficient and beautiful, though I remember seeing a video of it ported to the open moko and other devices using arm based processors, really a smart move since its been under heavy development and at the brink of stability, cant wait to see it happen ;)

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Samsung's Qt
by -oblio- on Thu 19th Nov 2009 14:07 UTC
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It is a pretty obvious move if it ever goes beyond experimental support.

If Samsung will really commit to EFL, the obvious idea is to make a framework based on EFL, basically competition for Qt. Nokia and Samsung are not that different, if you think about it ;)

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Hopefully moves ahead...
by bnolsen on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 04:11 UTC
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Where's a wireframe window move/resize?
Amazing they still haven't added in this capability yet.

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