Home > Desktop environments > EDE 1.1. released EDE 1.1. released Submitted by anonymous 2006-09-03 Desktop environments 14 Comments After a year from last 1.0.4 version, new one brings a lot of changes, new features and bugfixes. Details about changes and download links can be found here. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 14 Comments 2006-09-03 5:45 am Morgan Very Windows-like, based on the screenshots. Not very appealing to me personally, but I can see how it would be great for those converting to Linux from Windows. Some of the older screenshots look like a mash-up of Mac OS9 (icons), Win3.1 (control panel) and Win2k (dialogs). The current version appears to be leaning more towards modern Windows though. Version 1.0.2 with XFT is very clean looking. I’ll have to try this one out, though I don’t expect to use it on a daily basis. 2006-09-03 9:52 am l3v1 I don’t think the emphasis should be on how windows-like it is, but on: Comparing to other desktop environments, EDE is much faster and smaller in memory space (EDE’s window manager use less memory than xterm). (emphasis added). 2006-09-03 2:52 pm Morgan Good point. That’s due to it using a fork of FLTK as a base, right? I’ve read in the past that FLTK is one of the leanest, yet still functional, window manager toolkits. 2006-09-03 6:44 am JamesTRexx Ede is a Windows like desktop environment for *nix. Might have added this little bit more info to the summary as it’s not clear what Ede is, especially if it doesn’t get in the news often.. It looks nice and useful for those who get lost when it doesn’t look like Windows, although it’s still rather rough imho. I expect a lot more people using it after it gets more eye-candy. 2006-09-03 8:45 am postmodern I think it’s a better surprise for people be forced to check the screenshots first 2006-09-03 6:58 am maxx_730 I thought EDE was dead. It’ s a great little DE, and i dont get why hardly any distro targeted at old pcs uses it. I just hope that they’ll port ede back to FLTK 2.0 in the future instead of maintaining their own fork, eFLTK. 2006-09-03 7:11 am drynwhyl > I just hope that they’ll port ede back to FLTK 2.0 > in the future instead of maintaining their own fork, > eFLTK. Thats what I hope, too. Without compliance with the regular FLTK, they can’t claim compatibility with any other nice small FLTK app out there, many of which could perfectly fit their desktop. It is like Gnome used a forked version of GTK not used by and not compatible to a single another GTK app, that should fit in the gnome desktop. Forking a niche toolkit for an even smaller niche desktop is kinda a dead end, and I wonder what led to the decision to do that. 2006-09-03 7:25 am antik This is ideal desktop for thin clients. No KDE/GNOME bloat- pure desktop. Especially handy in industrial thin solutions. 2006-09-03 9:57 am pxa270 IceWM with the WinClassic theme, which is also very speedy and lightweight. Is there anything that makes EDE truely stand out? 2006-09-03 10:11 am JamesTRexx You like to scare people, eh? *grin* 2006-09-03 12:26 pm Drift3r You’ve reach the era of Windows 3.11. Opps I guess some folks have beat me to the punch here. 2006-09-03 4:14 pm buff You have to consider that EDE is light weight and the main architecture is in place now but it lacks themes so it looks dull. Soon once themes are added and it is polished up it will probably resemble XFCE4. It is always good to have another lightweight DE around especially if your hardware is old and Gnome taxes it too much. Compare this direction in linux to Windows Vista where people using older harware are left in the dust due to graphics and memory requirments and would have to upgrade. Linux efforts like EDE keep those users with older hardware happy while enjoying new kernel releases and updates to GTK applications such as Gaim. Edited 2006-09-03 16:20 2006-09-03 6:32 pm deanlinkous Will definately check it out! 2006-09-05 2:17 am bnolsen I don’t know what the status is, but I do know that efltk is not so dissimilar to fltk2.0. Be nice if they folded themselves back into the fltk2.0 branch and try to cooperatively get something more robust. I’m not a big fan of the windows look but I like the philosophy of the fltk folks, that being to provide what’s needed for a gui toolkit and not more. That said, I’d like to see a very decoupled layout manager sort of like qt4.0 has.