In late 2009 we figured out Samsung has been sponsoring the development of Enlightenment
, the stacking window manager popular with some Linux enthusiasts. Since then the Enlightenment project has been more open about the gratuity provided by Samsung, and this major electronics vendor keeps paying them. Enlightenment is used on some of their mobile devices. Separately, Enlightenment has found its way onto refrigerators
. There's more good news today out of the Samsung-sponsored Enlightenment camp.
Over the past few months, Samsung's latest payment to Enlightenment developers has been for constructing documentation. There's few open-source projects that actually have very good documentation, since writing docs are among the least entertaining tasks for code developers, but Samsung has paid the Enlightenment developers to write up some nice documentation for their code.
Samsung paid for the work while the ProFUSION mobile development company worked on the documentation. Details on the documentation can be found here
. There's now documentation (or better documentation) coverage for Eina, Eet, Evas, Ecore, Edje, Emotion, and Elementary components.
Samsung's primary area where they employ Enlightenment's capabilities is on their Linux-based Bada operating system. Bada is used for various Samsung mobile phones from low-end to high-end devices, but is certainly not as well known as Google's Android, Microsoft Windows Phone 7, MeeGo, Apple iOS, or even Palm/HP webOS. With Samsung continuing to sponsor Enlightenment development, they must still have some hope for their mobile operating system in this very competitive space.