Jasper Huijsmans has been working on a possible replacement for xfbd and xfdeskmenu, both parts of the XFCE desktop environment. Screenshot here. In the meantime, the Enlightenment project posted an update a few days ago. And here are some shots of the Evolution email client running on GTK+ 2.x.
XFCE 4, E17, Evolution Updates
2003-01-17 Window Managers 15 Comments
It’s about goddamn time. Most of the apps I use are already avaible rebuilt to use GTK2. Evolution being stuck with GTK1 makes an inconsistent desktop enviroment. This can especially be seen on RedHat 8 with their default Gnome2 desktop.
I don’t know. Looking at the screenshots, the only visible difference I can actually spot out is the fonts, which probably uses Bonobo. It doesn’t look all the GNOME 2 to me.
They’ll be porting it to gnome2 in stages. First will come GTK2, which seems to be well underway (they should have used a gtk2 only theme to make it more obvious), which brings double buffering and proper fonts etc. Then they’ll port the underlying components to gtk2, any specialist controls etc (gtkhtml is included in this).
Then they’ll move the core over to the gnome2 technologies, replacing oaf with bonobo-activation etc.
Finally, they’ll go through and revamp the UI to be HIG compliant (i expect).
The headline mentions Evolution yet the lead is almost entirely talking about Enlightenment. Is this two different stories?
An update to the Enlightenment website? No, the page must have been hacked.
Heh..I remember 1 or 2 years ago I was checking out the cvs for e17
And it still isn’t there. Not bad not bad.
Hopefully it will live up to the promise and be worth the wait. Even kde2 took less than that to release
… and it’s quite nice ( fast, small, and pretty )
an older screenshot at: http://usuarios.lycos.es/fodeu/aqua_sshot.jpg
i’m pleased with the current work done on the project.
I checked out the EVAS demo a little while ago, and I was absolutely floored. It’s quite amazing how much eye candy they are able to throw at the screen when everything is hardware accelerated. And we’re not talking half-assed hardware acceleration like Quartz Extreme (which only uses OpenGL for window compositing) we’re talking everything! Basically, EVAS is what the Longhorn GUI wants to be except (if it comes out in 2004) a year earlier and free (as in speech and as in beer). This is definately where GUIs are headed in the future.
And you forgot to mention that unlike Longhorn, EVAS is pretty compact and because it isn’t build for the desktop, it can be used in embedded applications that can use X11 (PDAs, for example).
But I think the API is rather undocumented. Which isn’t suprising, most open source projects suffer from the same problem, documentation.
E developers have said they would only release EVAS and E17 when it is ready, there is no release schedule, so don’t get too dissapointed with the lack of any betas or final releases.
Plus, KDE 2 is based on a already existing toolkit, E isn’t.
Get yo facts right, mofo. http://www.enlightenment.org/pages/htmlized/evas/
Are there any other accelerated windowing platforms on Linux?
And there are screenshots of KDE’s Evolution competitor.
Actually, I read until page 60 (couldn’t keep awake :-). You must remember, when I say good documentation, it is always in comparison with Qt. Besides, this is a programming guide, not a technical documentation.