Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 11th Aug 2007 22:34 UTC
Window Managers Enlightenment 0.16.8.9 has been released. It contains several bugfixes and other improvements. "Version 0.16 of the Enlightenment window manager was released in 2000, along with its dependencies Imlib and Fnlib, and remains in heavy usage today. While rumors of its death still circulate, DR16.8.9 was released on August 11th, 2007, and it remains in development today with a long life still ahead of it. DR16 has been the choice of power users and artists due to its low overhead, highly graphical, widely theme-able, extremely configurable, yet unobtrusive interface. Nearly all functions of the window manager can be handled without mouse input, including application launching via e16keyedit. It also remains highly portable, with ports avalible for Linux on all platforms, FreeBSD, IRIX, Solaris X86 and Sparc, HP-UX, AIX, OS/2, and more."
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Enlightenment is dying
by bthylafh on Mon 13th Aug 2007 14:57 UTC
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It is official; Netcraft now confirms: Enlightenment is dying

One more crippling bombshell hit the already beleaguered Enlightenment community when IDC confirmed that Enlightenment market share has dropped yet again, now down to less than a fraction of 1 percent of all desktops. Coming close on the heels of a recent Netcraft survey which plainly states that Enlightenment has lost more market share, this news serves to reinforce what we've known all along. Enlightenment is collapsing in complete disarray, as fittingly exemplified by failing dead last in the recent PC Magazine comprehensive usability test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin to predict Enlightenment's future. The hand writing is on the wall: Enlightenment faces a bleak future. In fact there won't be any future at all for Enlightenment because Enlightenment is dying. Things are looking very bad for Enlightenment. As many of us are already aware, Enlightenment continues to lose market share. Red ink flows like a river of blood.

E17 is the most endangered of them all, having lost 93% of its core developers. The sudden and unpleasant departures of long time E17 developers Rasterman and Darl McBride only serve to underscore the point more clearly. There can no longer be any doubt: E17 is dying.

Let's keep to the facts and look at the numbers.

E-project leader Orrin Hatch states that there are 7000 users of E16. How many users of E17 are there? Let's see. The number of E16 versus E17 posts on OSNews is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 E17 users. E18 posts on OSNews are about half of the volume of E17 posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of E18.

All major surveys show that Enlightenment has steadily declined in market share. Enlightenment is very sick and its long term survival prospects are very dim. If Enlightenment is to survive at all it will be among desktop dilettante dabblers. Enlightenment continues to decay. Nothing short of a cockeyed miracle could save Enlightenment from its fate at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Enlightenment is dead.

Fact: Enlightenment is dying.

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