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



Hi all!

just noticed this:

On 14.09.2008 08:51, updates fedoraproject org wrote:
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Fedora Update Notification
FEDORA-2008-8052
2008-09-13 04:56:07
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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.

CU
knurd

P.S.: Review bug for enlightenment:
https://bugzilla.redhat.com/show_bug.cgi?id=448337

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


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