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Enlightement Used On Ubuntu Netbook ARM

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Published on 18 February 2010 06:55 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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There's an ARM architecture port of Ubuntu Netbook Remix to support the growing number of netbooks and other mobile devices out there that are shipping with ARM CPUs. Unfortunately, most of the ARM devices out there lack any open-source graphics support especially for 3D acceleration, which hampers the nice Clutter-based interface found on the x86 spin of Ubuntu Netbook Remix. To circumvent this problem and to make a Ubuntu Netbook Remix ARM interface available to the masses, Canonical has written a new interface. To achieve the same graphical beauty but without 3D acceleration they turned to the Enlightenment project and their libraries.

Canonical has written a new interface using the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries as its lightweight and supports a number of rendering engines from X Render to X11 to DirectFB to OpenGL ES. This new launcher is also extremely theme-able compared to the Clutter interface found in Karmic's Netbook Remix. This announcement was made on the Enlightenment web-site and the interface can be found in the Ubuntu 10.04 "Lucid Lynx" version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix ARM to be released in April.

This is another major win for Enlightenment after we were the first to report a few months back that Samsung began sponsoring its development.

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