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Feb 23
X Development

There's been a lot of talking lately regarding the future of X, things that should become possible,... Just take a look at Planet Gnome, especially Havoc and Seth have been active in this field.
A week ago or so there was the XDevConf, a conference for, guess what, X developers. There's been blogged about this summit quite a lot too, both on Planet Gnome and Planet Freedesktop.

I just read an article by Rasterman, an Enlightenment developer and X wizard. I did look at E17 and EFL some months ago already, but was pointed to them again because of the article. It explains what is possible already nowadays, including some videos. Make sure you watch them.

I'm a Gnome user, I love the Gnome Desktop and development. Some things you can see in the sample movies are great though, and cannot be used inside Gnome at this moment.
I don't like E17. I dislike the looks of the Windows Manager. Some of the things these guys are able to achieve at this only moment look incredible though, and even usefull ;-) If the X.org developers at freedektop.org could keep enhancing their X server (and especially the drivers), imagine how cool it would be if GTK could make use of some of the things these Enlightenment libraries provide. Not only to provide eye-candy, also "functionality" (think of *real* terminal transparency, no only copying the lowest X buffer, or transparent Gaim buddy lists as I wrote before). The possibilities are endless. And some people would die to get Linux on their desktop :-)

Lennert got a good idea too yesterday: get the Gaim buddy list out of a window, and put it on the desktop (if wanted, of course). Like a "Gaim GDesklet" (if you don't know what desklets are, check this screenshot, upper right corner). Would be very cool IMHO B-)


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