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Linux.com: The Enlightenment Project: Past, Present, and Future

Jun 08, 2000, 11:41 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Dominico)

"In the beginning there were twm, and fvwm, and fvwm2. In terms of a window manager, those were your basic choices. Frustrated with their lack of flexibility and visual appeal, Carsten Haitzler (a.k.a. "Rasterman") started down the path that would lead to the creation of the Enlightenment window manager."

"Initially, Haitzler began learning C and Xlib programming by hacking on the fvwm2 sources, in an attempt to add customizations that were not currently available to him. However, he still wasn't satisfied with his results, and so Enlightenment was born. By his own account, he learned through trial and error. The guiding principle behind his work was simply to create the most flexible, attractive, and easily customizable window manager in existence."

"As time passed, Haitzler was surprised at the number of people who, like himself, wanted a window manager that took customization and visual appeal to new heights. Encouraged by the demand for Enlightenment, his coding efforts continued, leading to the birth of Imlib (Haitzler's replacement for libXpm, which he found too limiting). Imlib would now serve as the Enlightenment "backend," performing image-handling tasks."

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