Linked by Amjith Ramanujam on Tue 18th Nov 2008 22:07 UTC, submitted by NicolasRoard
Window Managers The new 0.4 version of Etoile had just been released. Etoile intends to be an innovative, GNUstep-based, user environment built from the ground up on highly modular and light components. It is created with project and document orientation in mind, in order to allow users to create their own workflow by reshaping or recombining provided Services (aka Applications) and Components. 0.4 is a developer-targeted release on its way towards this goal. As a developer-focussed release, this predominantly consists of frameworks. A few demonstration applications are also included.
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by Traumflug on Wed 19th Nov 2008 09:16 UTC
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For me, the stunning about Étoilé & GNUstep is, they can almost compete with the big KDE and Gnome while having only about a dozen active developers. This shows how great the initial (OpenStep-) design is and how well it was implemented by GNUsteppers. Bugs appear, but unlike in the Linux-kernel-like world, they're almost always fixed within hours. Major rewrites rarely occur, as the fundamental design still proves to be well thought.

On the not so shiny side, neither GNUstep nor Étoilé obviously see the high value of packaging for the major distributions, especially Ubuntu. Packages exist, but they're dated. I'd love to see those two to provide their own package repository, so interested users can enjoy an up-to-date experience.

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