Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 2nd Nov 2012 23:16 UTC, submitted by kragil
Window Managers "Enlightenment is one of the oldest open source desktop projects in existence. With E17, the developers are gearing up to their latest release, an occasion that has been a long time in the making. The word is that the team will make some announcements at the EFL Developer Day taking place as part of Linuxcon Europe on 5 November. With a release likely being close at hand, The H spoke to project leader Carsten 'Rasterman' Haitzler about how the desktop environment has been progressing and what the goals are for the project."
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RE[6]: Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 15:18 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by ssokolow"
ssokolow
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2010-01-21

There are packages in Ubuntu and Debian, but they are horribly outdated and incomplete. As others have said, the best experience right now is Bodhi Linux.

That said, the Arch Linux packages are very complete and stable enough for daily use.


Good to know. I'll probably stick with LXDE since their Debian and Ubuntu packages are nice and up to date and Arch is one of those things I keep wanting to try but never can justify time for.

Still, you didn't say anything about how it compares to LXDE, performance-wise. Are we talking a little-known alternative to LXDE or just a much lighter competitor to KDE and GNOME that LXDE still outperforms?

Edited 2012-11-03 15:21 UTC

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RE[7]: Comment by ssokolow
by Morgan on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 16:11 in reply to "RE[6]: Comment by ssokolow"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

In my experience it's just as snappy as LXDE on most hardware I've tried. The only machine I've seen with noticeably better performance in LXDE is an old i586 thin client.

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RE[8]: Comment by ssokolow
by ssokolow on Sat 3rd Nov 2012 16:37 in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by ssokolow"
ssokolow Member since:
2010-01-21

Hmm. Maybe, when I have some time off, I'll check whether I still have that unpartitioned space left on the old Celeron for testing out alternate distros.

That'd let me check out E17's performance and whether Arch's package selection meets my needs in one go.

...keeping in mind, of course, that, even on my Athlon II X2 270 with a GeForce GT430 and 16GiB of RAM, I've yet to meet a compositor as snappy as something non-composited even when only the bare desktop and Leafpad are running.

(And given that, with Kwin on minimal effects, I can toggle the "weight" I feel when dragging windows by hitting the "toggle compositing" keybind, blaming the compositing seems like an accurate conclusion to draw.)

Edited 2012-11-03 16:39 UTC

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