It's spelled "A f t e r S t e p", but it's pronounced "BloatStep"

Byron Brummer byron@omix.com
Wed, 19 Aug 1998 14:13:17 -0700 (PDT)



Why is Afterstep getting so bloated?!

I've been using v1.0 for quite some time, and love it.  I upgraded to 1.4
and later to 1.4.5 and ran that for about a month before finally giving up
on it and reinstalling v1.0.  I am now moving to WindowMaker, as Afterstep
is killing itself... :-(

Why is v1.4.* so *incredibly* bloated and slow compared to v1.0?

The more I look at the new Afterstep, the less I like it.  More and more
features are added that are of little use or at least questionable use
(different settings for each work space...?) and add huge amounts of
baggage.  On my P5/200 with 64 Megs it can take quite a few seconds (up to
15?!) to switch between workspaces which also causes an effect on the
display very similar to when the manager is restarted.	This makes multiple
workspaces less then worthless, and this is only one area of *massive*
bloat...  Just starting an *xterm* now takes number of seconds that in v1.0
came up in a nano-second...

I am very, very disappointed to see the direction that Afterstep has taken. 

Afterstep v1.0 was very clean, pretty light weight, fast, and useful.  The
new releases however, are *huge*, bloated, slow, and add few really useful
features for the massive cost they take from the system.  Hell, MS Windoze
95/NT are *much* faster on the same hardware, and more useful... :-(

With the upcomming GNOME support this is probably just going to get much,
much worse.  Not that GNOME is a bad thing at all, I just don't think AS
can handle *any* more "features"...

As a long time Afterstep user, I hate to say it but I'm moving to
WindowMaker.  With all the useful features plus some (drag and drop, etc)
I looked for in the newer AS, with none of the bloat (*faster* then ASv1.0, as
far as I can tell) WindowMaker is going to be the Afterstep killer.

But then, Afterstep v1.4+ will be the real cause of Afterstep's death... :-(

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