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Enlightenment E19 Pre-Alpha Released

Soulskill posted about 2 months ago | from the onward-and-upward dept.

Enlightenment 89

An anonymous reader writes "While it took over a decade for E17 to come out, Enlightenment E19 is being readied for release just two months after E18's debut. The Enlightenment DR 0.19 update has a rewritten compositor that can fully act as its own Wayland compositor (not dependent upon Weston). The update integrates OpenGL canvas filters support, contains many bug-fixes, and has other improvements for both X11 and Wayland users. The 1.9.0 alpha1 pre-release was issued today as the initial testing version of the new window manager."

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Pre-Alpha still better than Beta (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46225939)

Everything is better than slashdot beta! Fuck beta!!!

If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (1, Interesting)

ron_ivi (607351) | about 2 months ago | (#46225947)

Guess I'm getting old; but I remember tweaking that til it was perfect for my workflow. Haven't seen a modern desktop that works as well for me.

Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46225987)

You mean vtwm? It's availabale at https://github.com/nkadel/vtwm-5.5.x-srpm for Red Hat based systems.

Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (1, Informative)

ron_ivi (607351) | about 2 months ago | (#46226007)

Nope - this one: http://freecode.com/projects/t... [freecode.com] Still exists; but last time I tried I had trouble getting it working.

Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (0)

jhol13 (1087781) | about 2 months ago | (#46226439)

Yes.

Still no alternative gives virtual screen bigger than real screen (scroll when mouse hits edge). Or windows occupying more than one desktop (e.g. top left part in "1", bottom right in "4").
Unfortunatelu tvtwm, last time I checked, was lacking too much.

Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (2)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about 2 months ago | (#46227447)

Still no alternative gives virtual screen bigger than real screen (scroll when mouse hits edge). Or windows occupying more than one desktop (e.g. top left part in "1", bottom right in "4").

FVWM2 does both: your world consists of multiple disjoint virtual desktops (windows can be present in multiples of them) each of which is larger than the screen. In the latter case, you can also stick windows so that they pan around with you.

I go for 2x10 or 3x10 screens in one large virtual desktop, personally.

With the right daemons running, the desktop becomes quite modern, though I haven't 100% figured it out yet. I have a stalone tray swallowed by FvwmButtons, which makes all the tray like icons working.

On one system, some deamon is running which mounts thing on hotplug events (otherwise you can call udisks to do it semi-manually from the terminal). However, it also pops up a file manager which seems to involve re-setting the desktop background. Why people thought that sort of coupling was a good idea is beyond me. I've disabled that on other systems since I don't find GUI file managers terribly useful.

You can also send dbus messages with the dbus-send command run from a FVWMButton to do things like sleep the "proper" way.

I also have battery monitors and CPU monitors eaten by the Buttons instance. They're hand-crafted out of xterms but they're very compact and work very well.

Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (1)

ron_ivi (607351) | about 2 months ago | (#46230457)

Still no alternative gives virtual screen bigger than real screen (scroll when mouse hits edge). Or windows occupying more than one desktop (e.g. top left part in "1", bottom right in "4").

FVWM2 does both: your world consists of multiple disjoint virtual desktops (windows can be present in multiples of them) each of which is larger than the screen. In the latter case, you can also stick windows so that they pan around with you.

But in a way that feels broken compared to TVTWM. With FVWM2 it seems you need to choose which corner of the window in that example you want to see. With TVTWM you can move the view so it's centered on that window spanning multiple desktops.

Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (1)

serviscope_minor (664417) | about 2 months ago | (#46236629)

But in a way that feels broken compared to TVTWM. With FVWM2 it seems you need to choose which corner of the window in that example you want to see. With TVTWM you can move the view so it's centered on that window spanning multiple desktops.

Not 100% sure I follow. If you right-click in the pager, you can pan around freely.

I don't know of any built in function off-hand which pans the desktop to make the current window centred, but I don't think it'd be hard to write. You can access various parameters, such as the screen size and the size/position of the current focussed window. You could pass them to a shell program which computes the place it needs to pan the virtual desktop to, then passes those back to FVWM.

You could bind that to a key combo, title bar button and/or menu option.

You can also issue commands to FVWM from the shell directly using the FvwmCommand module and associated commandline program. That's pretty straid forward.

For really in-depth you can write a module, but I've never done that. No idea how hard it is, but compared to the above it's going in pretty deep. It's a text based protocol though, so no need to write C.

Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (1)

GreyFish (156639) | about 2 months ago | (#46237397)

However, it also pops up a file manager which seems to involve re-setting the desktop background.

If thats nautilus then if you run it before hand with 'nautilus --no-desktop . &' it will behave it's self.

Re:If only they'd bring back tvtwm I'd be happy. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46227927)

Set your metamodes right in nvidia server settings and you can get panning, the mouse lets you access the "non visible" real estate off the edges of your monitor. nvidia's own GUI tool in server settings shows you a thumbnail of all that virtual space. You're not doing it right if your mouse hits a wall instead of panning all the way to that real edge. It's been true for a decade now. Quick, I have to get some kids off my lawn (fetches cane).

Bigger Virtual Screens (1)

morgauxo (974071) | about 2 months ago | (#46227987)

"Still no alternative gives virtual screen bigger than real screen (scroll when mouse hits edge)."

X itself does that! You have to have an Xorg.conf file. Then you can set the virtual screen to whatever size you want. It doesn't matter what window or desktop manager you are using.

I don't know if Wayland has this capability or not. My guess is no, afterall, it's Wayland! If a feature isn't used by a majority of gamers and movie watchers it shouldn't be there. Right?

Re:Bigger Virtual Screens (1)

ron_ivi (607351) | about 2 months ago | (#46230437)

"Still no alternative gives virtual screen bigger than real screen (scroll when mouse hits edge)." ... X itself does that!

Kinda. tvtwm had it integrated nicely and cleanly so it was easy to scroll to where you want. Using X itself I get too many unintentional scrolls.

My guess is no, afterall, it's Wayland! If a feature isn't used by a majority of gamers and movie watchers it shouldn't be there. Right?

Not sure if I want to laugh or cry.

There used to be a buzz (2)

cold fjord (826450) | about 2 months ago | (#46225953)

I remember when there was a buzz about Enlightenment, right around the time of the big internet meltdown. Well, I'm glad they persevered. I guess they will "ship no code before it's time.(C)" I hope it will prove to be worth the wait.

Re:There used to be a buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46226089)

enlightenment was real cool back in like 1999 when people still thought eye candy was neat, now my idea of eye candy is the mavericks wave...any more than that is not needed

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 months ago | (#46226321)

I remember rolling my own E16 themes back in 2002 or so... I really did love that window mana... wait, I don't believe they liked that term.

If there were a way on OS X to completely replace the native WM with Enlightenment (meaning for the native ones too, not just X11 or whatever), I might do it for a while. Then I'd likely be reminded of why I switched from Linux to a Mac back in 2003, and give the project up - but still, those were kinda fun times, back in the day.

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

kthreadd (1558445) | about 2 months ago | (#46226379)

I don't know if you can replace the native display server, but you can get somewhat closer to what you want by installing XQuartz and running it in full-screen mode.

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

0100010001010011 (652467) | about 2 months ago | (#46229129)

Login as >console and you should be dropped into a darwin environment.

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about 2 months ago | (#46230135)

Right, I understand that. That's always been the case (and the appeal, at least for me) with a Mac. But I'm referring to the case when I'm running Photoshop, or Safari, or whatever non-X11-based program I choose to run - you can't replace the native Window manager when it comes to native Mac apps.

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46226579)

E16 is the only window manager that I found that natively supports compositing and is why I am using it today. After looking at E17 it appears to be more of a "desktop environment" or at least that's the direction it's moving towards. There are developers now working on standalone compositors for X11 (such as Compton) which will be nice when they're done, but for now it's E16.

Re:There used to be a buzz (3, Informative)

raster (13531) | about 2 months ago | (#46227361)

e17, 18 and 19 are really just like e16 - just with more bits thrown in. the filemanager is built in. it's not a separate app (like nautilus for example). it's really in the same vein/design just with a vastly more modular codebase and a small mountain of custom written toolkit behind it.

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

Curtman (556920) | about 2 months ago | (#46233443)

Thank you very much for writing awesome software. I've been using Enlightenment since way back when it was the default wm in Gnome.

Re:There used to be a buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46234353)

Thanks for EFL, I love using edje, and I'm glad you went the pure edje/elementary route and got rid of ewl/etk, I'm looking forward to making themes for e19 running on wayland (when I get nouveau working properly), I still think edje is more fun to work with than qml/qtquick...2?

Re:There used to be a buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46240997)

There seem to be many dependencies that aren't included with the distribution I'm using, which is one of the main ones. Every bit is another library so it seems.

Re:There used to be a buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46243493)

Alright, compiled everything and only had to install VLC and luajit for dependencies that I didn't have. Had to disable a few things at compile time as I wouldn't be using them anyway. Looks good, but I'll have to play around with it a bit to get used to it.

Re:There used to be a buzz (2)

archen (447353) | about 2 months ago | (#46228071)

On a lower end laptop I had X installed and decided I wanted something more capable than Fluxbox. For some reason Enlightenment popped into my head so I gave it ago. Enlightenment started as more a window manager, and then became surpassed by "Desktop Environments". I was surprised to find Enlightenment now meets nearly all my needs. File manager, task bar, window manager. With desktop environments going overboard (KDE) getting fatter than intended (XFCE) or simply going the wrong direction (Gnome), it's odd that Enlightenment out of all of them came full circle and achieved the right balance.

Re:There used to be a buzz (2)

raster (13531) | about 2 months ago | (#46234141)

that's what we're trying. have the core desktop. all the things you need to make your machine and world function. it's missing bits still and a lot of what is there could be polished more, but the goal is to give you just what you were after as above. any applications after that are optional extras.

Re:There used to be a buzz (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46229959)

You mean your idea of "neat" is paying too much for an overpriced hunk of underperforming shit. Gotcha.

Re:There used to be a buzz (2)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 months ago | (#46226105)

Yeah, based on their commitment to continue the project, I might be willing to start building software on top of that. They have a core set of libraries that look kind of cool.

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 months ago | (#46226111)

e17 took a very long time.
e18 didn't
e19 likely won't.

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

icebike (68054) | about 2 months ago | (#46226191)

But this is just an alpha pre release. Isn't that the same thing as a pre-alpha release?
  Historically pre-alpha is a long way from ready.

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

aliquis (678370) | about 2 months ago | (#46226961)

I don't really care, yeah, it's an early release, people who want a stable desktop maybe shouldn't use it.

It just recently went into feature freeze, so I guess it's "done" as far as deciding what will go in at least:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.p... [phoronix.com]

Here it says mystery release 2k14:
http://www.phoronix.com/scan.p... [phoronix.com]

But on the previous link it says:
"there is currently no set date or estimated date for E19. My only goal with regard to time is to release before July 2023, though I may be forced to delay until September 2026 depending on celestial alignments." .. but in reality it seem to be expected in this year, e17 and e18 was released in December the last two years, so no 10+ years in-between those releases.

Re:There used to be a buzz (2)

raster (13531) | about 2 months ago | (#46227369)

historically every dev uses e right from git master... and that's where the alpha comes from. so it is being dogfooded every single day. generally speaking except for small transitory blips here and there, our unstable "master/trunk/head" is in the same ballpark stable as releases. unlike releases you get fixes for things within sometimes minutes, but mostly hours or a few days. releases (even point releases) take at least days if not a few weeks. :)

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

phantomfive (622387) | about 2 months ago | (#46226135)

Also, what is the big internet meltdown?

Ah! Well sit down youngster and let me tell you a (5, Funny)

SmallFurryCreature (593017) | about 2 months ago | (#46226291)

Ah! Well sit down youngster and let me tell you a tale of when dinosaurs ruled the earth, the likes of which you do not see today. Ancient Behemoths as AOL, Compuserve and Yahoo. They lived in an eco system so rich in investment that web companies could grow to companies of unusual size in the swamp of private equity. They existed by new rules, profit was bad, you had to make losses but not any losses, you had to make losses per trade but promise you would make it up in bulk! The new companies traded in paper shares, showering them around and using them to buy each other up and make even bigger companies. Golden times that were never going to end.

But the power of the old economy could not be denied. Investors ran out of money and started to demand profits and when none was to be found, companies went up for sale and sold for a fraction of their worth, if at all. Infrastructures build on Sun crashed while Intel powered desktop servers took over. Those that had grown rich were now food for leaner faster moving predators who feasted on the remains of the behemoths that came before. It was the greatest economic collapse the world had ever seen. And a billions totally failed to notice any real impact as if the sudden collapse of the future of thousands of web companies had no real effect whatsoever.

It was called the crash... and man has grown wiser since then, long gone are the days that a company that has never made a profit, nor makes a product for which there is a need, nor has a business plan to make a profit before the next ice age can go to the stock market and collect a billion in investment at a cost of half a billion in money it doesn't have. No sir. Not possible! Because the market is wise and all seeing.

Re:Ah! Well sit down youngster and let me tell you (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46227281)

Struggling between Funny and Insightful

Re:Ah! Well sit down youngster and let me tell you (1)

dpilot (134227) | about 2 months ago | (#46227619)

You had me with you up until you said "grown wiser". Yes, we learned that lesson, but I fear that rather than truly growing wiser, man has just found different and new expressions for folly.

Re:There used to be a buzz (2)

symbolset (646467) | about 2 months ago | (#46226383)

Referred to as the "dot-bomb" era this period of history was preceded by one ripe with the kind of fiscal exuberance responsible people see as a bubble called the ".COM" era. You could not make an IPO with a name ending in ".com" or as an Internet or Linux company without getting crazy rich. Caldera, a tiny Linux maker, got so happy with their IPO money they bought AT&T Unix in 2001. They all bought a lot of Lambos, threw months-long company parties and generally had a great time before the world realized they didn't have a clue how to run a business. As they folded it turned into a proper recession that killed perfectly good tech companies by association because they couldn't get credit. The NASDAQ climbed from 1500 to 5000 in a few years to January 2000, and then fell back to 1500 in two yearrs. It still has not recovered the prior peak.

The same was true for telephone long distance and networking companies. As these went bankrupt Google bought their dark fiber for pennies on the dollar. Their business models were premised on long distance phone calls costing a dollar per minute and it became clear that day was over for good.

Re:There used to be a beta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46226363)

And it was awful! No wait, beta is still here? No! Fuck beta!

Re:There used to be a buzz (1)

Tom (822) | about 2 months ago | (#46227113)

Oh yes!

I have no idea when I stumbled on E for the first time, but I loved it immediately and still do, to this day. Even though my tries of actually using it were short-lived and it's been 7 or 8 years since I last had a Linux desktop (and my Debian servers don't need a GUI).

Still, E has always pushed the boundaries and that alone makes it a project worth to exist. I wish them all the best even though I'll probably never run E again. Still all the best.

Uglier than Slashdot Beta (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46225979)

Don't know how that's possible, but Enlightenment never fails to disgust me.

Re:Uglier than Slashdot Beta (-1, Redundant)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 months ago | (#46226047)

Weren't you guys supposed to be boycotting slashdot this week?

Re:Uglier than Slashdot Beta (5) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46226065)

Some of us decided not to boycott to remind everyone how much beta is hated. Fuck Beta!!

Re:Uglier than Slashdot Beta (5) (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46226099)

Your boycott is failing. Slashdot is doing fine without you whiny children.

Re:Uglier than Slashdot Beta (5) (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 months ago | (#46228287)

it's not my boycott... I thought the whole idea was ridiculous.

Re:Uglier than Slashdot Beta (5) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46229843)

He wasn't responding to you. Idiot.

Re:Uglier than Slashdot Beta (5) (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 2 months ago | (#46230345)

Ah... I did not realize that the person to whom they were responding was actually modded at -1, and I did not see their post at all.

Good for E! (2)

Anna Merikin (529843) | about 2 months ago | (#46226275)

I'd love to see E succeed after all these years of promise. But I installed from Debian some time ago and it immediately crashed (E17).

I tried Bodhi in its 2.0 version (E17), and the file manager crashed on certain themes, but the DE didn't go down.

Perhaps the E-team could make a truly stable version before moving on to more esoteric goals?

Please? I'm so tired of XFCE....and too old for blackbox.

Re:Good for E! (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46226311)

If you tried before December 21, 2012 that was a pre-release. The 0.17.0 release was on Doomsday.

Re:Good for E! (1)

rmstar (114746) | about 2 months ago | (#46226853)

If you tried before December 21, 2012 that was a pre-release. The 0.17.0 release was on Doomsday.

Well, I tried 0.17.0 and, heck, it managed to freeze my display. That didn't happen to me for years nor did it happen since. And lots of other things kept crashing.

Many of the themes were unmaintained, and the black one that came bundled had this gross faux-racecar aesthetics of a "pimp my ride" episode gone wrong. Well, IMO, anyway. But I didn't manage to get the others working. You could claim that it was my fault, but frankly, I don't think so. And I will not install a special distro just to use WM, because I actually work on my computer.

That said, I'll try again with 0.18.0. The promise of E is too good, even though the realization isnt (IMO).

Re:Good for E! (2)

raster (13531) | about 2 months ago | (#46227383)

i have no idea why you have so much trouble, but as compiled from source and used every day.. it's really stable and the few hiccups are an easy click away. remember the devs dont use the packages from debian nor even bodhi. we've gotten a lot more rabid about forcing a single universal build of efl and e making it harder and harder for packagers and even users to digress from the default build config. i suspect the issues people see are primarily a result of the insanely flexible build setup that auto-adapted to your dependencies. we've drumped pretty much all of that and you HAVE to --enable/disable things now... and we're getting even stricter on that requiring some hoop jumping before using any configure option we deem to be "not stable/for the masses".

Re:Good for E! (1)

Anna Merikin (529843) | about 2 months ago | (#46227541)

Thank you for your comments. I've been a fan of the E concept from when I first heard of it, waaay back, maybe from the time I was on RH-6.2.

From time to time I tried it out, but it never ran smoothly until the first Bodhi release. At the time, I was in a hurry, and crunchbang just worked out of the box for me.

Frankly, I have not tried compiling it myself, but as I am tonight installing SolydK (yes, KDE!) I'll try compiling it from your clean source, to make sure I'm being fair to you guys. I haven't had much luck compiling programs under Ubuntu and derivatives, but since Solyd is Debian, it might work.

Any advice with respect to stability in everyday use -- .17 or .18?

Re:Good for E! (1)

raster (13531) | about 2 months ago | (#46228045)

git master. if there is a problem... mention it and it gets fixed really fast as long as you find a dev awake and listening on irc. things like:

  hey - if i do x, y and z i get crash blah. here's the backtrace dump e put in ~/.e-crashdump.txt
  hmmm wtf? ... 30 seconds pass
  fix in git. update. :)

Re:Good for E! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46227639)

How.... very stabilizing. I hear the ghost of Dan J. Bernstein, refusing to allow people to modify the code in any way to publish binaries, but forcing the provide only his source code and diffs to apply to it if you actually wanted to stop peeing with your own special subdirectories in the kiddie pool of "/", simply ignoring file system hierarchies, conventinal layouts, and enforcing your "new paradigms" on the world at large.

When you have too many options and using them actively breaks the system, it means you've got bloat injected like silicone into your bulging bouncing bits, and a lot of "ooohhh, shiny!!!" development going on. And from a demo I just watched, it looks like the Windows 8 developers managed to *breed*.....

Re:Good for E! (3, Insightful)

raster (13531) | about 2 months ago | (#46228037)

options are not for e- but for things like.. you are building an embedded device and you don't use gl.. but you want to cut down a few hundred kb of ram, so using xcb vs xlib is what you want. you can do that, BUT the xcb back-end is 99% complete and you still need xlib if you plan to use opengl due to the binary apis demanding an xlib display handle. you have to have an option. it's not for the wm - it's for the toolkit and special cases. there re lots of such special cases for special purposes. the problem is some smart-butt user thinks it's a great idea to fiddle with every option there with a "ooh i hear xcb is faster" (which is basically is not), and then discovered their fglrx or radeon drivers don't like xcb as the primary display connection and then things crash/hang/don't work... or something like that. this is not the DEFAULT config - it's an option, but it's turned on by people who want to tweak everything - even for packages. it's not bloat - it's features that can be switched for different back-ends, dependencies REMOVED and so on. you really should study up before making assumptions.

but (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46228331)

"ooohhh, shiny!!!" has been e's mission statement from day one.

Re:Good for E! (1)

Anna Merikin (529843) | about 2 months ago | (#46227315)

The first install was after the stable version was released. I misspoke on Bodhi, though; I had trouble with 2.2 -- the newest stable, not 2.0.

Too old? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46229989)

Don't you mean too stupid? Too useless? To fucking moronic?

Re:Too old? (1)

Anna Merikin (529843) | about 2 months ago | (#46230343)

BWAAHAAA!

I used bb for six or eight years on Red Hat 6.2.

I now prefer a ready-made desktop so I can get some work done.

Too old to play with WMs.

Re:Good for E! (1)

skaralic (676433) | about 2 months ago | (#46233679)

I'd love to see E succeed after all these years of promise. But I installed from Debian some time ago and it immediately crashed (E17).

I tried Bodhi in its 2.0 version (E17), and the file manager crashed on certain themes, but the DE didn't go down.

Perhaps the E-team could make a truly stable version before moving on to more esoteric goals?

Please? I'm so tired of XFCE....and too old for blackbox.

So what you are saying... is that it's as good as the other Linux DEs out there!

font hinting & antialiasing (1)

bzipitidoo (647217) | about 2 months ago | (#46226543)

Font hinting and antialiasing seem to take inordinate amounts of CPU time. Won't notice it on a fast system, but low power or old computers are much more responsive with those features turned off. Don't think any GUI environments address this issue. Maybe Wayland will help, but I don't know, haven't tried it.

Of course, the fonts look horrible without hinting and antialiasing. Only monospace font that looks good is Terminus. There isn't a good looking proportional font. I keep hoping someone will make one. Meantime, I manage by forcing everything to monospace on slow computers, and using antialiasing on fast computers.

Re:font hinting & antialiasing (2)

raster (13531) | about 2 months ago | (#46227399)

that won't help with e or efl. all fonts are drawn the same way. it only affects look. fyi we use efl and e on phones... and not even the mid range ones. talking 200-300mhz things from way back... my standard low-end test box for x86 is a pentium-m@600mhz with 512m ram, no gpu accel at all. e runs decently on that even with software compositing. it's not silky smooth, but it good enough. and as i said.. changing the font mode won't help e - the font glyph is stored as a greymap and renders the same way regardless... but we do care. efl 1.9 now has font compression. we realtime compress fonts with 4bit packed or 4bit RLE if big enough and decompress on the fly - saves memory bandiwdth... and thus gets you speed AND saves memory.

Re:font hinting & antialiasing (1)

bzipitidoo (647217) | about 2 months ago | (#46230991)

Definitely have to give E19 a try. The font compression sounds intriguing. Maybe try it on my 1.6 GHz Intel Atom 330 based box, where I'm currently using Crunchbang, and have the hinting and antialiasing off and the font set to Terminus. Too busy to try it this week though.

Re:font hinting & antialiasing (1)

g1zmo (315166) | about 2 months ago | (#46230303)

Some folks are more particular about fonts than others, but I really like Adobe's (free/libre) Source fonts:

Proportional Sans: Source Sans Pro [adobe.com]

Monospace: Source Code Pro [adobe.com]

I've been using those as my system default sans and mono fonts for a few years now.

Re:font hinting & antialiasing (1)

bzipitidoo (647217) | about 2 months ago | (#46230947)

Thanks for the info. I gave those Adobe proportional fonts a try, and sadly, they look awful without hinting and antialiasing. This is in Lubuntu, which uses LXDE + openbox.

Re:font hinting & antialiasing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46234155)

Try changing your X font configuration with infinality [infinality.net]. I certainly noticed a big improvement over the XFCE defaults after installing that package.

Just Buck Feta (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46227007)

Move on, nothing to see here

Slashdot back to its roots (5, Interesting)

linuxci (3530) | about 2 months ago | (#46227097)

As long as your not viewing this through the beta site, posts like these remind me of the early days of Slashdot.

CmdrTaco was a big fan of Enlightenment when /. was first launched and he had written some software for it so we always used to receive updates about new releases. I think that's how I first heard about Slashdot as I was searching for info on Enlightenment and found the site. I had a friend who was a big fan of Enlightenment but I ended up going with WindowMaker because I thought it was more efficient and fitted my working pattern better.

I also remember when Slashdot let you just type in a name, rather than registering ('Anonymous Coward' still existed but only if you didn't bother to enter something in the name box), once registration was introduced it took me a while to decide whether I really wanted to register, otherwise I'd have had a 3 digit UID.

Re:Slashdot back to its roots (2)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46228571)

Enlightenment DR14 was the first window manager to make me say "holy shit." That early theme Rasterman made that looked like it was made out of very old television tubes just blew my mind.

In my mind they didn't lose their way when the dot-bomb crash happened, they lost their way when they hooked up with the GNOME project and RedHat started driving the show. How many of us remember Raster's well-published rant when he left RedHat and took Enlightenment back from the clutches of GNOME? Well probably nobody since he very quickly pulled his rant but still...it happened.

And yes, I remember the old Slashdot days when you could just type your name in. No mod junk either, which is exactly why my post won't be seen by you or anyone else.

Re:Slashdot back to its roots (1)

Rinikusu (28164) | about 2 months ago | (#46230139)

I ran across /. similarly to the gp while looking for information on enlightenment. I just googled raster enlightenment redhat rant and google returned a link to a /. article about it. Clicking it, it took me to /., but the BETA site. Okay, I've yet to look at the beta and now I fucking understand why everyone is complaining about it. /. beta.. is HORRIBLE. Jesus god, if /. actually pushes it to production, it'll be digg (ugh) and reddit from here on out. Sorry dudes.

Re:Slashdot back to its roots (3, Interesting)

raster (13531) | about 2 months ago | (#46234251)

i don't remember pulling my rant... ? i'm very much in a habit of "what's done is done". i stick by my words. even to this day.

and yes - i agree. lost my way in hooking up with gnome. i did this because redhat asked me to. it was my job. what i didn't know is that enlightenment and gnome were total polar opposites in goals and design. the hookup was a result of a year+ saying "you need a wm for a desktop" and miguel saying "we don't need no wm for gnome. we can do everything without" and at the end of the year there being a "holy shit. we need a wm now!" and i was the person who could most easily deliver the things needed. so i did. it was my job.

but that process kind of required selling my soul to do so. gnome wanted a wm that dumbly emulated windows 95/98 as closely as possible, would give up all of its extra bits (desktop menus, pagers, wallpaper handling, etc. etc.) and hand over most of its soul and features to gnome and be as bland as possible. metacity was a much better fit for gnome. enlightenment wasn't. the majority of e as disabled for gnome. they just don't fit together. end of story. the idea that you can do a full desktop and not integrate a wm that does just what you need/want was the problem to begin with.

either way - after the divorce, e got e16 out and we started big bang planning for the future, imlib2 (much better imaging support), and then even started messing with opengl to render accelerated graphics with all the fanciness with imlib2 as fallback... and yes - the dot com bubble crashed and everyone - me included had to run for the hills and make a living and we lost a lot of time we used to have... it was some evenings and a weekend then. thus the slowdown. lots of big plans were underway and i was not in the mood for screwing with the plans and work.

these days that work has come to fruition. evas does all the opengl acceleration and has software backed rendering. both are fast. the compositor can use either. it does a lot more besides. e is modular yet a single unified process much like the kernel. we have even widget sets and a full ball of toolkit under it all. it took a while, bet we got there. and now we're reaping the benefits of the work and moving forward. thus e19. :)

It'll be the perfect WM for the Hurd (2)

sirwired (27582) | about 2 months ago | (#46227713)

Enlightenment 1.0 (or, at this rate, Enlightenment Beta) will be the perfect window manager for the Hurd, as they should release about the same time. Maybe I'll have them toss some USB sticks of the release versions in my coffin after I die of old age.

WTH is Enlightenment? (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | about 2 months ago | (#46228021)

OK, even visiting the link did not tell me what Enlightenment was.
And "Enlightenment" is not the easiest thing to Google without even knowing what it is.

It is an alternative to GNOME and KDE, btw.

Re:WTH is Enlightenment? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46228215)

How can you not know what enlightenment is?

Re:WTH is Enlightenment? (1)

CronoCloud (590650) | about 2 months ago | (#46229563)

While this "is" Slashdot, you can't expect every Slashdot user to use Linux and/or know "every" package/application/library/Desktop Environment out there. I sure don't, though I did run one of the E16.999foo's on a PS2 at one time. Worked fairly well, it was the default WM for YDL on the PS3 as well. Didn't work as well on the PS3 though, Gnome 2 was better on that.

Summary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46232101)

"The 1.9.0 alpha1 pre-release was issued today as the initial testing version of the new window manager."

It's in the summary. It is a window manager.

Re:Summary (1)

riondluz (726831) | about 2 months ago | (#46243697)

Technically, E is a DE as much as it is a WM
If you cared to install entrance you have a decent alternative to KDM/GDM/LXDM....
It's pretty nice; i only wish it did XDMCP as well as KDE.
One thing that makes E indespensible for me is the remote tool and that despite the ominous 'something bad' message, restarting never fails.

Combine E with compositing a la ecomp/ecomorph and the result is a pretty stable system that's worked for me for ages. And like all DM/WM's not as smart as i wish they would be.

Dairy product (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46228205)

Those guys sure knows how to milk it

wha? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46228905)

What the heck is a pre-alpha?

Re:wha? (1)

sqorbit (3387991) | about 2 months ago | (#46230647)

A google search brought this up for a definition of alpha - "a trial of machinery, software, or other products carried out by a developer before a product is made available for beta testing." So a pre-alpha is a pre-pre-beta.

Re:wha? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 months ago | (#46240569)

I prefer the classic definitions (pre-Google):
Beta == Feature complete for release version
Alpha == Core features implemented, but still open to changes
Pre-alpha == Not all core features implemented
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