I have been seeding the OpenGEU ISO for a few days now. No reason, I just grabbed it and added it as a test for my Pentium machine running as a torrent slave (which is doing quite well, by the way). Since I installed both Jaunty betas and gave one screenshot apiece, I figured I might as well round out the Ubuntu-based desktop frolic with one more.
I don’t have much to say about this one; if you know my tendencies toward software, you probably can predict my reaction. It’s pretty, that’s for sure. But it’s almost overdone — too much sugary sweetness. I have a hard time seeing a lot of the smaller animations and scrolling effects. I have no idea what some of the installed software is, because I get no tooltips and I don’t know the icons. Some of the fading effects and shadows obscure the menus, particularly in the default theme (which of course, is not what you see above ).
All of these things would probably be solved with a screen of lower resolution, or perhaps after adjusting them somewhat. And I know, and preach, that aesthetics are a myth that has very little bearing on function, since there will always be someone who dislikes it.
Englightenment, in my experience though, is all about desktop glitz, what with the animated wallpapers and throbber selection bars. That’s fine; there are plenty of people who subscribe to pretty. Enlightenment is great for them.
And I know from past experience that some versions of Enlightenment actually perform rather well on older machines, but this is thrashing away at my 1Ghz machine, to the point where I prefer not to keep it around.
Personally I blame it on Gnome. I blame everything on Gnome, though. Feeling cranky in the morning? Must be Gnome’s fault.
Anyway, I had a look and I moved on. A different machine, a different user and perhaps it’s something appealing. Not for me though. I demand performance over pretty, every day of the week.