Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 13th Dec 2007 23:20 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu DistroWatch reviews Geubuntu, and concludes: "For Enlightenment and Ubuntu fans this distro is custom made for you. It takes the best of Ubuntu and combines it with a great desktop environment. If Ubuntu or Kubuntu is a bit too heavy for your equipment, then Geubuntu just might be what you need. It might also be an idea for those who find Elive a bit overwhelming, or those who like to be a bit different from the rest of the crowd."
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Times have certainly changed
by blixel on Fri 14th Dec 2007 02:57 UTC
blixel
Member since:
2005-07-06

From the article: "Enlightenment has a solid reputation as a lighter desktop..."

I haven't taken a look at Enlightenment in *many years* - but I well remember Enlightenment from 10+ years ago. And it was pretty much the butt of every joke regarding window manager performance.

Window Maker (which was WindowMaker [without the space] 10+ years ago) was my *light* WM of choice back then. I remember toying around with all kinds of window managers back then but all I ever heard about Enlightenment was what a bloated pile of code it was. I remember the reflective water effect at the bottom of the screen, translucent window movement, etc... back on my Pentium 166!

I remember RedHat (I think version 6.something) shipped with Enlightenment/Gnome as the default Desktop. (http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/3590) What a hideous mess that was. ;)

Edited for typo.

Edited 2007-12-14 03:05

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RE: Times have certainly changed
by kwag on Fri 14th Dec 2007 03:13 in reply to "Times have certainly changed"
kwag Member since:
2006-08-31

"I haven't taken a look at Enlightenment in *many years* - but I well remember Enlightenment from 10+ years ago. And it was pretty much the butt of every joke regarding window manager performance. "

You should probably check it out again, because now it runs circles around KDE or GNOME, and possibly around XFCE too.

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sb56637 Member since:
2006-05-11

>>now it runs circles around KDE or GNOME, and possibly around XFCE too.

Yes, XFCE is sadly bloated now. E17 runs very well when I boot my system with 64 MB RAM. I don't use it for the theme, but because it's lightweight and yet configurable with nice GUI tools.

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google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

Things have changed quite a bit since then. Back then, E was the "bling" desktop, it was a lot flashier then the alternatives, but also rather resource heavy. The thing is, the rest of the linux GUI world has pretty much caught up, but are a good 5 years behind rasterman (the lead dev) when it comes to ideas and techniques. His rendering libraries are probably the most efficient out of whats available atm.

The only thing is that OpenMoko recently hired him, I have no idea what kind of impact that will have on E.

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DigitalAxis Member since:
2005-08-28

I believe they hired him to work on Enlightenment, so probably a positive impact.

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dagw Member since:
2005-07-06

One of the reasons he was hired by OpenMoko seems to be that they want to port E17 to their platform, so I'm assuming that impact of Enlightenment will be positive, as he will be able to work on E and get paid at the same time.

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RE: Times have certainly changed
by KLU9 on Fri 14th Dec 2007 13:59 in reply to "Times have certainly changed"
KLU9 Member since:
2006-12-06

I haven't taken a look at Enlightenment in *many years* - but I well remember Enlightenment from 10+ years ago.

It's been completely rewritten since then. Maybe even more than once.

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blixel Member since:
2005-07-06

It's been completely rewritten since then. Maybe even more than once.


I'll have to check it out again one of these days in the not too distant future. I settled comfortably in to OpenBox a few years ago and haven't had much motivation to explore other WM's and Desktop Managers since.

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