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09 July 2012, 11:18

E17 developers set sights on an official release

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Source: E17 Release Manager's blog
It appears that a stable release of the E17 desktop interface may finally be on its way, despite having been beaten to release by Duke Nukem Forever. According to a blog posting by Jeff Hoogland, developer of the Enlightenment-based Bodhi Linux, the developers of the E desktop environment are apparently preparing for a major stable release.

Hoogland notes that an un-named acting E17 release manager has set up a blog to track progress. The Enlightenment developers have, to date, never released an official version of the desktop environment but it has been in development for years. In practice though, others have been able to use E17 for a long time; around six years ago Yellow Dog Linux started using it as the desktop environment on its first generation of Linux for the PlayStation 3.

The "E17 Release Manager" is calling for testing of E17 and asks for error reports. He also mentions that version 1.7 of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) is in preparation. The library for creating graphical user interface elements is not only used in E17 but also as a component of the successor to MeeGo and Limo, Tizen.


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