Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 4th Mar 2007 13:58 UTC, submitted by michuk
Window Managers "The performance of desktop computers increases year by year. This gives the programmers great opportunities to further improve the desktop experience of the users. However, what should you do when you have an old computer that is not capable of running the latest and hottest software? How can you benefit from the great software that is when you can't run a desktop that takes advantage of its best features? No need for upgrading your PC, when you can have a usable alternative with the current one. Let me introduce you to Enlightenment E17 - the window manager with minimal hardware requirements that may amaze you."
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by vtorri on Mon 5th Mar 2007 09:24 UTC
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about mem comsumption, see
(news Sunday, 29 May 2005)
The current theme eats some memory and cpu cycles, but with a lighter one, (winter, detour), e17 is faster and takes less ram

We also plan to use XCB in e17. No rewrite is needed, just some functions to add, mainly, in order to take into account the features of XCB.These ones can make a window manager more responsive.

A guy has written a module for e17, that mimics the scale plugin of compiz/beryl. Of course, that module (and e17) uses opengl backend.

right now, evas (on which e17 is based) can use software, opengl or xrender backends (and many more, too, but less useful). The fastest is opengl, and xrender when used with graphic cards supported hardaware acceleration through EXA (radeon with r200 chipset for example). Software backend is quite faster that xrender one without acceleration.

the develoment of e17 is slow because the number of active developpers is really low (2 or 3). If some of you want to joins us, you are greatly welcome ;)

e17 will be released when the todo list ( will be empty (if I remember correctly)

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