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A "powerful enough" GPU isn't really very powerful at all when it doesn't have drivers.
GPU too new and you'll have to fall back to unaccelerated drivers (how long were R600 devices out before the R600 got real 3d acceleration? Do southern islands users even have accelerated 3d yet?)
Got a system with VIA onboard graphics? No (reliable) 3d for you.
Running on almost any ARM system where you either can't get hold of the vendor's binary blob or you're not running the blessed versions of X/kernel etc? No 3d for you.
Seeking Enlightenment (The H)
Posted Nov 2, 2012 10:00 UTC (Fri) by ovitters (subscriber, #27950)
E.g. VIA onboard graphics: How often does this occur? Isn't that only on non-server stuff?
What I mean that if you buy something in a shop and the thing was created for Windows, how likely will you be able to run something composited.
The too new GPU case, I haven't noticed. E.g. you can run the binary nvidia driver, etc. No idea about R600.
It seems a lot like accepting the terrible state of GPU drivers on Linux. In this case I think raising the bar/requirements is acceptable. Meaning: a driver is not acceptable, it has to offer at least some features.
In any case, I said it is interesting. But interesting as in: if something else fails, it'll still work. But what if the other thing doesn't fail? In those cases, I'd like to know what Enlightment brings to me as a desktop. The question was asked, but the answer doesn't really give much.
Posted Nov 2, 2012 16:47 UTC (Fri) by dtalen (subscriber, #86448)
I think that the way Carsten answered was actually pretty clear about where he sees the major strengths of Enlightenment. I've never used it before, but it sounds like it's in the same vein of XFCE: configurable, lean, and geared for folks that don't want a bunch of extra stuff. Some of the choice bits:
- "Our typical user is someone who is keen to explore something new and different. Someone who wants control and power. They are probably already familiar with Linux and have reached the limits of what they have and want to push the boundaries."
- "Today Enlightenment offers most of what you get from GNOME and KDE, and probably the same if not a bit more than XFCE. It just doesn't try and ship a suite of apps with it. It is the desktop (Window manager, settings, file manager, application launching and management) minus the apps."
That doesn't mean that I'm encouraging you to switch, just that I think he did address that very question in the interview directly.
Posted Nov 2, 2012 22:22 UTC (Fri) by johnny (guest, #10110)
(No offense intended: I'm sure E! is a great desktop, I just like the quote.)
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