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18 November 2009, 17:55

Is Samsung sponsoring Enlightenment?

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Samsung may be sponsoring the Enlightenment window manager project and Enlightenment may be a component in Samsung's bada mobile operating system. The Enlightenment project, which has been around since 1997, announced today that it was working with a "top-tier electronics maker" which "produces millions of mobile phones, televisions, sound systems and more".

The announcement said that this vendor was actively sponsoring the development of Enlightenment and that one of the results of this development would be a version of Enlightenment tuned for use on a small screen with touch control. Screen sizes of 240 by 320 to 800 by 480 are discussed for the target devices. Phoronix has examined the change logs for the Enlightenment project and found that Samsung Electronics has recently committed code to the project. Samsung's LGPL3 licensed contribution, Editje, is a graphical editor for edje files, used to lay out skinnable Enlightenment applications.

Samsung only recently announced the bada mobile operating system, but gave very few details. It does appear that the company's work on Enlightenment fits well with the announced goals of bada. Bada based devices are due in 2010 and Samsung are expected to reveal more details and unveil a software development kit for the operating system in December.


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