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  • by alpha17 (90584) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:44AM (#5637900)
    Enlightenment 1.0... puh-lease

    either its april fools or hell froze over
  • Is Duke Nukem Forever next? ;-)
  • ...Or people will feel my wrath for tempting me with the thing I want MOST!
    • Yeah, enlightenment is still at its .16 release.

    • Speaking of bad jokes, my wife's coworkers tried to get her to call me and say she was in labor (she's actually due on Thursday). I'm so sick with anticipation that I think the false alarm would literally kill me.
  • Never... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Ubergrendle (531719) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:46AM (#5637910) Journal
    ...install a version 1.0 of a product release. Wait for the patches, or you might corrupt your Nirvana installs...
  • by gmplague (412185) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:46AM (#5637916) Homepage
    I was so excited. Then I looked at the date. BAH!

    I have to change my underpants now.
    • Yeah, the way that 1.0 link on the homepage took you to a 404....classic.

      Hey, at least they can laugh at themselves, more than you can say for a lot in the linux community

  • You can always tell it was only a joke....
  • True (Score:4, Funny)

    by gowen (141411) <gwowen@gmail.com> on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:47AM (#5637922) Homepage Journal
    I've been running it under the Berlin windowing system on my GNU/Hurd box for 12 hours, and it r0x...

    Its really helped my productivity. I've got an amazing amount of work done today.

    [OK, I admit it. That last bit was clearly an April Fool]
  • This is the most obvious April Fools yet :-)
  • I'd be surprised if Enlightenment ever hits .20.

    • by Tet (2721)
      I'd be surprised if Enlightenment ever hits .20.

      This is something that pisses me off about many free software projects these days -- artificially low version numbers. It always used to be the case that 1.0 was the first public release of something. You'd reserve 0.x for a limited beta program, typically only lasting a couple of months at most to shake out any major bugs before release. But nowadays, it seems like the vast majority of free software is pre-1.0. You can't reasonably claim that Enlightenment

      • This is something that pisses me off about many free software projects these days -- artificially low version numbers. It always used to be the case that 1.0 was the first public release of something.

        Or maybe proprietary software has inflated version numbers. Version 1.0 doesn't have all the features that the product *should* have. Version 2.0 doesn't change the file format or indicate a complete rewrite.

        For Chrissake, look at the version numbers on Illustrator or Photoshop.
  • by mortonda (5175)
    Who in their right mind would ever *actually* release a product on April 1st?

    At least, not in the open software world... :P
    • Re:Please (Score:1, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward
      Apparently Apache with 2.0.45. From what I understand the whole 2.0.x series is a joke anyways.

      http://www.apache.org/dist/httpd/httpd-2.0.45.ta r. gz
      • Apparently Apache with 2.0.45.
        Not quite released yet, the home page hasn't been updated. it may not be "officially" released. Probably just priming the mirrors.
  • Not even trying (Score:5, Insightful)

    by barzok (26681) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:47AM (#5637929)
    I remember in years past, you had to really look closely at a /. story on April 1 because the fake stories were so well-woven. This year, they aren't even trying and even worse, they're posting dupes!
    • This year, they aren't even trying and even worse, they're posting dupes!
      The slashdot people dont wanna arouse any unnecessary suspicion by NOT posting dupes.
      ---------------------
      There are 11 kinds of people - those who know binary and those who dont.
      • You're sig's wrong, but you must know that.
        I'm just trying to determine the point?

        The traditional joke is 'There are 10...'
        The alternate joke that uses 11 is:
        'There are 11...those who know binary, those that don't, and those that think they do but don't'

        So is there some obscure point to your version?
        Or are you just a cheeky monkey?
        • Don't you mean "There are 11...those who know binary, those that don't, and those whose knowledge of binary cannot be copied without the express written consent of the Mathematics Professors Association of America."

    • In general I would agree that the 4/1 stuff here is pretty weak.

      In this particular instance I wouldn't assign blame to the /. editors. Looks like Raster is responsible for this one and /. just picked it up:

      http://www.enlightenment.org/pages/news.html
      • American centric bastards...
        It's 1/4...
        • Japan uses 4/1 also, but they prefix the year. That is the best way, with 0 padding on the month and day so sorting is easy. 04/01/2003 is just messed up, 01/04/2003 is a bit better, at least it is consistant in ordering. But 2003/04/01 is the best for any big endian number system.
    • I don't know the Gentoo RPM one almost made me have a heart attack until I realized it was April 1st...but oh well :)
    • Pay more attention my friend! The Whitespace and the Peter Jackson/King Kong ones are real. No joke. I've never seen the wool pulled over the /. masses eyes as easily!

    • Did you forget last year? It was just as lame and obvious.
  • Somehow I knew this was going to happen today :D ...they could at least put *something* up instead of a dead link though
    • I agree, these types of jokes are so much better if you can put up an actual file for download.

      I remember the lzip [sourceforge.net] (lossy zip) compression files from a few years ago...that was one of the best April Fools Day joke I've ever seen. Check out some of the files in the tarball, README, for instance. The idea of lossy file compression could work out in the future though..if only they could fix that blue-shift...
  • If you have trouble reaching enlightenment, try improving your karma [slashdot.org] ;)
  • Duke Nukem Forever goes gold!!! Micosoft releases a completly secure operating system!!!!! RIAA decides p2p networks are usefull!!!!
  • by XaXXon (202882) <xaxxon&gmail,com> on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:51AM (#5637952) Homepage
    Duke Nukem Forever has gone gold.

    Daikatana 2 is on its way.

    Microsoft releases security patches for security patches found during internal security testing.

    ----
    Is it just me or were the April 1 jokes better in previous years...
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Microsoft says that it will contain the Enlightenment 1.0 in its upcoming Windows 2003 Server.

    If you believe that, here's [pajonet.com] the rest of them

    Happy Aprils Fools!
  • why the reference to bondage? BGDM? Is Taco trying to tell us something? ;)
  • by laeraun2 (472996) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:52AM (#5637963) Homepage
    because it conincides with my dyslexic friends celebration of "Polar Foils" day. Or was it "Flora Spoil" day? "Frail Loops"? "Sailor Flop"? "Pail Floors"?
  • Finally... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by arvindn (542080) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:52AM (#5637964) Homepage Journal
    A believable April fool's story!!

    However, the link to the tarball being a 404 is a dead giveaway :(

    • by Anonymous Coward
      Enlightenment releasing 0.17 wouldn't even be plausable, let alone a 1.0 release.

      Next on Slashdot

      • Bill & Melinda Gates Fund donates US$1m to GNOME foundation, Mandrake
      • Home built rocket launches geek into LEO
      • IPv4 gets an "evil" bit
      • SladhCode 3.0 goes into proudction, stops dupes, spelling errors

      That last one is clearly as believable as this story, come to think of it.
  • I don't have the exact link handy, but surf over to goatse.cx and you should find it off of the main page.
  • ...Linus has ditched BitKeeper for Visual SourceSafe!
  • For an April fool 'joke' to be worthwhile IMHO it should be not obvious that is is untrue and also be funny for those who have worked it out while others have not.

    Providing a clickable like in the article which immediately shows the story to be false just isn't clever enought to be funny

    I'm not always a killjoy but this is the fourth time today (excluding dupes)

    N
  • xcdroast 1.0 released
    gentoo 1.4 released

    smell that? smells kinda like vaporware...

    of course there's plenty to add to this list..
  • by Anonymous Coward
    Thanks a lot Rasterman! We've all been looking forward to E17, with its EFM, EVAs, and the rest of the toys. But now you've made a joke. Shame on you.

    Well, let's make the joke on you!

    Raster live in Australia [rasterman.com], where it is now actuallt April 2nd, which kind of pins the joke on him.

    But even more fun: Raster lists his Australian mobile phone number on his homepage! [rasterman.com]

    It's about 1AM in Australia now. Why don't you thank him with an SMS to 61 413 451 89.

    I hate being pranked! Revenge is so very sweet!

    (This is
  • by Multiple Sanchez (16336) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @10:58AM (#5637984)
    with team fortress 2
  • Next they will tell us Enlightenment has standardized the look and feel to be a button-down Windows 95 look-alike.

    No customization allowed!

  • April 1st... (Score:3, Informative)

    by vanza (125693) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @11:26AM (#5638036)
    Everybody could just save the time and instead of reading Slashdot today, just go to this page [bbspot.com] and read 10 or so "articles". Works the same...
  • Enlightenment, 1.0?? Someone mispost?? Oh, April 1. you say ...

    News at 11:
    - Microsoft launches WindowsLinux
    - Linus Torvalds declares Linux dead switching to BSD

    Well at least I got to see rasterman's pretty good page and I think we could all agree that we all want his car :)
  • Great, so now I can use Enlightenment 1.0 with new RedHat 9!

    Wait ... it's April 1st ... Enlighenment 1.0 isn't really out, is it, and ... AGH!! those hours spent downloading the RH9 iso's were just an April Fool's Joke?! /me goes off to kill himself.
  • I'd just like to review the 'jokes' so far... call it Flamebait, if you want to, but it just annoys me and I have to say it...

    1. RFC 3514 [slashdot.org]
      This one was nice. Obvious, but nice... as usual, the RFC people are doing a good job. Too bad Slashdot ruined it with the first April Fools dupe [slashdot.org]...
    2. Gentoo on RPM [slashdot.org]
      Well, good idea of the Gentoo people, but waaay too obvious... imho a good AF joke is one you believe to be true for at least a couple of minutes until you've looked at it very closely. But OK, this was only
  • Even our April Fool pranks are dorky
  • by eno2001 (527078) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @11:57AM (#5638121) Homepage Journal
    Wow! I just grabbed the tarball, and did the autoconf, configure, make jig. I must say I am impressed! First of all, the size of the installation is pretty small compared to all other environments. AND... this really beats the pants off of KDE and GNOME. As usual, there is lots of innovation. All the window widgets can be moved around to suit the needs and tastes of the user rather than forcing them to use one style. They've added the ability to incorporate scents into the themes! (I am using the Evergreen scent right now... Ahhh fresh!) But what's impressed me the most so far is the predictive nature of the interface. There is some mechanism that Raster has worked out to detect the readiness potential in your brain before you actually click on something. This results in menus and objects performing operations just before you actually decide to utilize those menus and objects. Pretty slick! So far it's been dead on every time. as I think, Mozilla is loading up web pages and links in extra tabs behind this page. Kind of interesting to find out what you are going to look at just a fraction of a second before you realize it. The file manager is JUST INCREDIBLE!!! No more of that silly hierarchical jazz... Now we finally have a file manager that works just like we think. For any document you create, the files are offloaded to paper hardcopies. This results in a more tangible object with a limited, but pretty reliable user interface. To re-open and edit the file, You just slam it on the flatbed and E 1.0 will automatically scan and OCR it back into the application of your choice! How cool is that? the best thing is that you no longer have to worry about magnetic media failure with regard to your docs. Ahhh.. I think I'm in love! Enlightenment 1.0, you light up my life!
  • *Dances in the street light*
  • An April Fool's joke about Enlightenment 1.0 being released would work much better had not Slashdot run the serious story about how Enlightenment .17 is still a way off. Some of us have these things called memories =)
  • It looks like the server is slashdotted, because All I get is a 404 error.

    Fortunately some friends of E have posted a mirror. here [microsoft.com]
  • Just for giggles, when you finally decide it's time to release a 1.0, release it on April 1.
  • Come on folks.

    The E people add a 0.01 every 8 months. How long you think it will be before they get to 1?

    Not in your lifetime.
  • If you really want to reach enlightenment [everything2.org], you'd better start by not using X at all. ;-)
  • I know it's April Fools and all, but some jokes are just plain mean..
  • go look at the anouncment page....it says 1.0 is out, but then look at the top right corner, stable is 16.5 and unstable is 17.
  • Hi. This is my usual rant about Slashdot articles announcing that Some-Random-Name has reached Version N+1 or added Some-Generic-Feature-Like-Themes without saying what the product actually is or does. (Of course, people who don't know Enlightenment's version history won't get the April Fools' Joke here...)
  • I would have expected better co-operation on this prank. I'm guessing Rasterman went to the effort of editiing the webpage in the new section. The stable version on the top of the page is/was still listed as 0.16.5 and CVS as 0.17. That was a dead give away.

    Now, if this story gets posted tommorrow then I will be happy since it will presumably be true. Otherwise, the mods are definately slacking off.
  • I got fished in by this one because I wanted it to be true...
  • According to the CVS, the other option was to post : "Today the Enlightenment team announces the culmination of many months of neogtiations. Enlightenment will be sold to Microsoft Corp. and all the technology will be applied to the upcoming releases of the Windows(R) Operating system."
  • Apparently I am the sucker born every minute. I actually bought this for a whole 20 seconds while I clicked over to the Enlightenment website and stared at it in confusion.

    And yes, in fact I did hear that the word gullible isn't in the dictionary. Thanks for pointing that out. Yeah.

    Grr. I know better, right? RIGHT?

  • by Fnkmaster (89084) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @01:44PM (#5638833)
    The long awaited new Phoenix browser release is ready, and the new name has been announced! As you can see here [texturizer.net] , the new name chosen was Phallus!


    I'll be happily browing the web with Phallus 0.7 on my Enlightenment 1.0 setup any minute now!

  • Enlightenment 1.0? An April's Fool joke, right?

    This is what they want you to believe.

    But the shocking truth is... Enlightenment was sold to Microsoft! The joke is just a cover. And I have the proof [sourceforge.net]!

  • by jd (1658) <imipak@yaCOLAhoo.com minus caffeine> on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @02:13PM (#5639059) Homepage Journal
    They don't have to be realistic (take the BBC's Spaghetti Harvest prank, which still ranks No. 1 of all pranks, for all its age), but they do need to be convincing enough to hook the victims, and diverting enough that they'll want to stay hooked.


    I think geeks need to improve in this department, somewhat. The Spaghetti Harvest was a work of sheer creative brilliance, despite the simplicity of the sketch and the simplicity of the props.


    These are the kinds of pranks that work well, and are remembered. So simple, it's "got to be true", without assuming that the audience is as simple as the prank.


    I'll give this year's attempts a 3/5 for effort, 4/5 for volume, and 2/5 for the "got to be true" factor. Hey, that's not a bad score, but it does show that this is an area that needs practice.

  • by glenstar (569572) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @02:50PM (#5639419)
    The Hurd was certified gold and was adopted by Microsoft as the replacement kernel for Windows Server 2003.


    According to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates, "Ricky and I go back a long way. I have always respected his outlook on software intellectual property rights. It turns out he was right all along; companies don't need to make money."


    Richard Stallman, head of the GNU organization, the creator of the Hurd, said "GNU is very pleased to be working with our brethren Microsoft on this venture. GNU and the FSF have always had great respect for Microsoft and Bill Gates, and we believe that the combination of their Office suite and the rock-solid (and complete) Hurd kernel will allow the end user to experience a vastly superior Windows."


    Asked whether a name change may be on the horizon for the Windows line, Bill Gates thought for a second and replied: "Yes. Yes, I think there might. How does Gnudows sound?"


    Microsoft shareholders could not be reached for comment.

  • by slagdogg (549983) on Tuesday April 01, 2003 @03:31PM (#5639756)
    Anybody else having problems with ./configure?

    checking for a BSD-compatible install... /usr/bin/install -c
    checking whether build environment is sane... yes
    checking whether make sets $(MAKE)... yes
    checking for kernel32.dll ... missing
    ERROR: kernel32.dll not found, cannot install E1.0
  • Is that what enlightenment is supposed to look like, or is that part of the joke?

    -jcr
  • The link is broken. *sigh* Must be another case of slashdotting :(
  • In other news, Duke Nukem Forever actually released !
    Hello.... Hello ???? Anyone ?

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