Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Nov 2007 12:29 UTC, submitted by muzzle
Window Managers Rasterman, the lead developer of the Enlightenment project, speaks about the future of Enlightenment, including the project's focus on the embedded world (Rasterman works at OpenMoko now), the relationship with commercial vendors, reorganized leadership, and even some hints at an upcoming release. "The primary thing of importance is getting E17 out the door. It's actually looking petty good. Only 2 really big TODO items left. I'm doing a theme revamp. The Default theme has very much aged. The gold bling isn't incredibly popular. I'm working on something I think people will love - and it still shows off E. It will replace the current default - and will also knock off some of the comment the default theme so its better documented for people to build new themes from and learn Edje."
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RE[3]: Cool...
by dude on Tue 6th Nov 2007 20:33 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Cool..."
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2007-09-27

this is one of those arguments that really boggles my mind. Honestly, this is the same argument as "we already have windows and OS X, linux should stick to servers". I always feel way too preachy when i say this, but open source is about choice. Just because KDE and Gnome are dominant, doesn't mean they are the right choices for every one. Some people see a lot of value in a low resource desktop that still looks beautiful, even if they use it on a 4 core processor. I really don't understand people's need to have a 2 party system all the time, especially in the open source world.

Edited 2007-11-06 20:36

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RE[4]: Cool...
by madcrow on Tue 6th Nov 2007 21:59 in reply to "RE[3]: Cool..."
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2006-03-13

I'm not saying that they shouldn't try. I was just saying that they will probably have limited success in the "full-size" desktop area. With that said, if I were designing an X-less GUI Linux, Enlightenment looks like it would be a good place to start. Since PDAs and the like need an X-less GUI, I also predicted that Enlightenment might well be more succsful in the handheld/palmtop/PDA market than in the "bid" system market.

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RE[5]: Cool...
by dude on Tue 6th Nov 2007 23:34 in reply to "RE[4]: Cool..."
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2007-09-27

i think that we have radically different opinions as to the maturity levels of certain linux markets. I'm not saying you are wrong, because i can understand your side of these things, i just disagree. I think that the linux desktop is just as much a starter market as the pda/cellphone/etc. scene. I do agree with you that it is unlikely that E17 will over take the big 2 of linux DE's, but there is always room for more in the open source world. It seems like you are implying that E17 for desktops is not a good use of developer time, because it is unlikely to compete with KDE/Gnome. People have said this about the linux desktop for years, yet it is slowly starting to make head room. Hell, i don't even use linux, but i find that statements like "... the Linux desktop market simply isn't big enough to support a third major environment" are neither true, nor productive.

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