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Enlightenment E17 Alpha 8: "It's A Good One"

Desktop

Published on 04 December 2012 09:44 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop
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While it took twelve years to see its first alpha release, the Enlightenment E17 window manager is now certainly living up to the "release early, release often" philosophy. Alpha releases are being tagged every few days -- we're now up to three E17 alphas in the past week.

The release announcement for the new Enlightenment E17 Alpha 8 release is short and to the point while classifying this new version as "it's a good one. And that it reminds me of March."

- Translation updates
- Language changes now always trigger a restart
- XDG paths should no longer contain duplicate entries
- Fileselector no longer fails to open some files
- First-run wizard no longer waits unnecessarily long on subsequent runs
- FreeBSD warning fixes
- Disabling tiling module now restores original border geometry
- Composite module now uses black as its client fill color
- Desktop gadgets no longer cause crashes when immediately deleted from the config dialog
- Connman network list now sizes based on a percentage of screen size
- Various memory leaks plugged
- Filemanager once again is able to open symlinks to directories using in-place opening
- Most config dialogs have been made non-resizable
- Everything will now hide on desklock
- enlightenment_start no longer ptraces while valgrinding
- More wallpapers added (Provided by Nicolas Beaumont http://www.nicolas-beaumont.fr/)
- Compile fixes for various E17 utilities
- Crash reduction in Everything launcher
- Keybindings config dialog no longer randomly changes bindings when scrolling quickly through list
- Filemanager windows no longer appear outside screen limits
- "Focus" option in window switcher config dialog now functions correctly
- Cut/Copy/Paste now function more correctly in certain text entries
- Menus are now limited to screen size
- Filemanager sidebar scrollbars no longer appear unnecessarily
- Mixer can now set volume to 100%
- Closing applications started by E17 no longer sometimes triggers a crash
- Pointer slide (to/from new windows) is now more reliable
- Revert focus now works correctly for mouse focus
- Pointer slide no longer sets focus during slide
- [THEME] Battery
- [THEME] Everything

The current plan is to officially release E17 right before Christmas.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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