Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 7th Oct 2007 23:00 UTC
Window Managers E16 version 0.16.8.10 is now available for download. Changes: "Fix infinite loop when regenerating menus; fix potential incorrect termination of IPC connection which could cause segv.; eesh: fix bad event loop causing hangs in certain situations; fix xinerama head selection in certain situations; fix menu placement on xinerama screens; various minor bug fixes and enhancements."
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RE: Enlightenment is dying....
by KLU9 on Mon 8th Oct 2007 14:23 UTC in reply to "been in dev for 10+ years...."
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It is official; Netcraft 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 desktop environments/window managers. Coming 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 [samag.com] in the recent Sys Admin comprehensive windowing test.

You don't need to be a Kreskin [amdest.com] 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 Jordan Hubbard and Mike Smith 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.

E16 leader Rasterman 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 Usenet is roughly in ratio of 5 to 1. Therefore there are about 7000/5 = 1400 E17 users. EFL posts on Usenet are about half of the volume of E17 posts. Therefore there are about 700 users of EFL. A recent article put E17 at about 80 percent of the E* market. Therefore there are (7000+1400+700)*4 = 36400 E17 users. This is consistent with the number of E17 Usenet posts.

Due to the troubles of Walnut Creek, abysmal sales and so on, E17 went out of business and was taken over by E17I who sell another troubled WM/DE. Now E17I is also dead, its corpse turned over to yet another charnel house.

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 WM/DE dilettante dabblers. Enlightenment continues to decay. Nothing short of a miracle could save it at this point in time. For all practical purposes, Enlightenment is dead.

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