Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 22nd Dec 2012 16:12 UTC
Window Managers In the final years of my high school career, more concerned with going out and drinking three times a week than with actually doing anything meaningful at my supposedly posh gymnasium, I rediscovered my love for computing - a love lost during the onset of aforementioned going out and drinking. Realising I would hit university soon, I saved up 2000 guilders, ordered the parts for a brand-new computer, and thanks to this then state-of-the-art computer, old flames were rekindled. Since this pun is burning a hole in my pocket - it was an enlightening experience.
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E developers claim that strength of E is in it's underlying libraries but I don't see any real benefit of using them over let's say - Qt.

I always seen E as hobbyist project without any chances of gaining enough popularity to become an alternative. While it was fun to play with its eyecandy features before anyone else had them (especially on low end platforms) it for some reason couldn't hold to be my desktop. There were stability issues, incompatibility issues, things I couldn't do, features I liked that only other desktops had, etc.

Nowadays even modest platforms have decent hardware support for 3D graphics so (in my opinion) E will shrink bit by bit until everyone will loose interest in it.

To me E is like the demoscene of 8/16 bit era so I'm putting it on the same shelf as my C64 emulator and an archive of software for it. Those were magical times so it is not bad place.

Merry Christmas to you all!

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swift11 Member since:

I always seen E as hobbyist project

EFL is sponsored by Samsung and the Tizen Association.

Edited 2012-12-24 14:59 UTC

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bluebugs Member since:

Consuming more and more resource will never be a problem... The fact is that even with high end desktop it take times to start a KDE session or a GNOME one. Also when moving to a more mobile, battery dependent, world, using less memory and being more efficient give you a direct benefit. That is not going to vanish soon.

Also EFL is a free software project, it exist for a long long time with and without the support of big corporate sponsor. It was created to make it possible to create a file manager more easily than directly using Imlib2 and still be light, fast and beautiful. We didn't choose any of the existing toolkit, because none of them matched the goal we had and they still don't match.

And I have been hearing for the last decade, that writing efficient software wasn't necessary as we will soon have bigger CPU/GPU, but reality is that we still need to care about that... Oh, and the need for the software backend, is just that in many many many case OpenGL driver are just to buggy or inefficient to be used !

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