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General Development Enlightenment version 16 was one of most configurable window managers back in late nineties (and still is). For the next version however Rasterman and friends decided to create a complete desktop shell instead of just a simple window manager. Enlighenment version 17 is therefore based on a set of graphical libraries which can used for other applications as well. But do we need another set of libraries when QT and GTK+ are already mature and stable? Depending on your needs, you might find that using the Enlightenment libraries is truly an enlightening experience!
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E17 anything but "speedy"
by phoenix on Wed 16th Feb 2011 01:02 UTC
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Well if you are developing native applications for your 8-core machine with infinite memory then EFL might not seem something important to you. If however you are into embedded devices (think 8-16 MBs of RAM and simple processors) then EFL might be the best thing since sliced bread. It all comes down to speed. EFL are truly optimized for speed!

Define "speed".

We've tried running E17 (via Arch Linux I believe) on our diskless machines (about a month ago), and while things are smooth, it's not speedy. And it comes at a *very* heavy price, using up most of the 1 GB of RAM and 90% CPU with just the desktop loaded with an animated wallpaper.

Disabling the animated wallpaper drops CPU usage a bit, but it's still over 80% when moving windows around or switching windows.

It sure looks pretty, though, with smooth animations and no tearing or anything like that. But it's definitely not "speedy", nor efficient.

This is on a 2.0 GHz AMD Sempron CPU with nVidia 6100 graphics onboard, and the binary nvidia driver.

GNOME 2.x, KDE 3.x, and even KDE 4.x are more efficient (10-20% CPU, 100-200 MB RAM) and nicer to use, on the same hardware. (One of the nice things about diskless clients is that switching OSes is a simple reboot away.)

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RE: E17 anything but "speedy"
by bnolsen on Wed 16th Feb 2011 01:35 in reply to "E17 anything but "speedy""
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A big irritation was that they had no support for wireframe resizing or moving. That was a deal killer for me (still as of 6 months ago), especially with some graphics intense applications which don't have a friendly resize behavior.

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RE: E17 anything but "speedy"
by Beresford on Wed 16th Feb 2011 04:07 in reply to "E17 anything but "speedy""
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E17 might not be speedy (for you), but that doesn't mean the EFL aren't.

Edited 2011-02-16 04:09 UTC

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RE: E17 anything but "speedy"
by Soulbender on Wed 16th Feb 2011 04:08 in reply to "E17 anything but "speedy""
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I really can't tell what's wrong with your setup but on Kubuntu 10.10 my CPU usage with E17 is close to 0% most of the time. That's with the default theme (it has some system monitors), chromium and an xterm running. This is one a 5+ year old laptop at 1.3 ghz with crummy Intel 855GM video.
So yeah, I'd say it's pretty damn smooth and speedy. Although it would be nice if the default theme wasnt so washed out with white that you can't see anything of it.

Edited 2011-02-16 04:09 UTC

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RE: E17 anything but "speedy"
by soulnothing on Wed 16th Feb 2011 04:24 in reply to "E17 anything but "speedy""
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Ill preface I appreciate the arch devs for packaging pre release software. Generally my experience with packaged e17 & efl has been shaky at best. For arch using repo package my cpu usage was relativley high to me 20-30, with composite more like 40-60%. Compiled I rarely go above 10%, including compositing. I don't know what it is, but self compiling just worked better. I used easy_e17 for a while and switched to my own package builds later. Archs package were pretty bare of configuration flags, however i think a lot of options are auto enabled. So I don't know where the problem is.

None the less I'm happy to hear this I've been an e17 user since 2005, prior to that an e16 user. I have had great experiences with e17.

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RE: E17 anything but "speedy"
by cb88 on Wed 16th Feb 2011 04:43 in reply to "E17 anything but "speedy""
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You clearly have something broken in your setup..... I've ran e17 on much slower hardware without any hitches are you running KDE4/Gnome applications in tandem with e17 thats probably the problem... you get all the bloat of Gnome + QT4 + e17 which makes it look bad and it really isn't

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RE: E17 anything but "speedy"
by unclefester on Wed 16th Feb 2011 08:05 in reply to "E17 anything but "speedy""
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Something is very wrong.

AntiX (E17 on Mepis) uses 2% cpu and around 60 megs of ram on my Athlon 4000+

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RE[2]: E17 anything but "speedy"
by Sauron on Wed 16th Feb 2011 16:59 in reply to "RE: E17 anything but "speedy""
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Must be something wrong there. Installed Antix Linux with E17 on an old K6 2-550 box with 256 MB ram the other day, and even on that old chugger the CPU doesn't go above 15% unless doing something intensive.

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