[Fedora-packaging] Long and "advertising" descriptions (was: Fedora 8 Update: enlightenment-0.16.999.043-3.fc8)

Thorsten Leemhuis fedora at leemhuis.info
Sun Sep 14 08:36:39 UTC 2008

Hi all!

just noticed this:

On 14.09.2008 08:51, updates at fedoraproject.org wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Fedora Update Notification
> FEDORA-2008-8052
> 2008-09-13 04:56:07
> --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
> Name        : enlightenment
> Product     : Fedora 8
> Version     : 0.16.999.043
> Release     : 3.fc8
> URL         : http://enlightenment.org/p.php?p=about/e17&l=en
> Summary     : Enlightenment DR17 - a next generation desktop shell
> Description :
> Enlightenment 0.17 is the next generation of UNIX graphical environments. It is
> not just a window manager, but it is also a desktop shell. A desktop shell
> means, a window manager plus a file manager, plus configuration utilitys all in
> one. They are not separated as usual.
> Enlightenment is fast. No, really. It's fast. It is known to run on very slow
> machines (like 100 Mhz CPU, 64 MB of RAM) well. So you really don't need a
> modern desktop to see some eye-candy and to use a modern graphical environment.
> Even more – you can control how fast you want it by using it's Performance
> configuration panel to change the cache settings and more.
> The high performance does not mean that there is no eye candy. There is eye
> candy that you have never seen before. Starting from the animated boot screen,
> to continue with the all animations and effects that themes could provide, to
> end up with fancy animated backgrounds. But not some huge .GIF files, but
> really nice animations. Every virtual desktop (at the moment you can have 24)
> can have it's own background (animated or not), so you can put different
> wallpapers on the different virtual desktops. There are a number of effects
> that can be shown when you switch from the different virtual desktops. The
> menus, the borders and all other usual parts of a normal window manager are
> animated as well as some of the widgets (the sliders, for example). Remember
> that those effects are provided by the theme, so every theme makes E to look
> different, with different effects, look and feel and animations.
> As we already mentioned, E17 provides a file manager as well. Of the time of
> writing, it is not completed and is in active development (as E17 as a whole
> itself), but after it is finished it will be a very nice, configurable and eye
> candy. Even right now, you can do the basic things with it – browse, copy,
> move, delete files. It will provide thumbnails for your pictures and will be
> able to open your files with the coresponding application of your choice.
> E17 is highly configurable. Currently it has a nice configuration panel with
> dialogs for all kinds of things. You can change your wallpaper or your theme,
> your fonts, your screen resolution, your screen's power settings, your keyboard
> and mouse settings, the language that Enlightenment talks to you, and so on.
> You can contol almost every apsect of what E is doing and how. It will do what
> you want it to do.
> As you already know, Enlightenment 0.17 has lots of features, but one of the
> most important is, that you can add and remove functionality by using modules.
> Modules are small applications that extend E17. There can be modules tho show
> you the weather outside, or calendar modules, or modules to control your volume
> or whatever you may think. Developing a module is not that hard, so, if you
> have programming skills, you are more than welcome to develop and maintain some
> modules for the community.

Wow, that's a really long description.

(1)  Is that really needed? Do we want that? I tend to say "no" -- a 
description with maybe 10, 15 or 20 lines with 80 chars per line should 
be enough, as everything else often takes way to much time to read for 
the user and thus it in the end might be more confusing and time-wasting 
than helpful.

(2) Quoting some things from above description again:

> Enlightenment 0.17 is the next generation of UNIX graphical environments. [...]
> Enlightenment is fast. No, really. It's fast.[...]
> [...]after it is finished it will be a very nice, configurable and eye
> candy.[...]

Yes, I know, enlightenment is designed for small machines and quite fast 
on them. But those things I quoted and other sections in the description 
sound more like advertising than a proper description. Up to a specific 
point that's okay IMHO, but here the packager IMHO shoot way over the top.

Note: both things are not that important. But I found them odd  and 
thought it might be a good idea to might bring them up here.


P.S.: Review bug for enlightenment:

P.P.S.: Nice to finally see Enlightenment in Fedora :-)

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