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Install Enlightment On Ubuntu 10.10 “Maverick Meerkat”

Enlightenment window manager is a lean, fast, modular and very extensible window manager for X11 and Linux. It is classed as a “desktop shell” providing the things you need to operate your desktop (or laptop), but is not a whole application suite. This covered launching applications, managing their windows and doing other system tasks like suspending, reboots, managing files etc.

Enlightenment is not just a window manager for Linux/X11 and others, but also a whole suite of libraries to help you create beautiful user interfaces with much less work than doing it the old fashioned way and fighting with traditional toolkits, not to mention a traditional window manager. It covers uses from small mobile devices like phones all the way to powerful multi-core desktops (which are the primary development environment).

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To install Enlightment window manager open a Terminal window (Applictions -> Accessories -> Terminal) and copy+paste the following lines:

sudo apt-get install e17

When installed Logout and Change Session (at the bottom of GDM login screen after you click on username). Select Enlighment and Log back into Ubuntu, when using Enlighment for the first time you need to answer some questions first. The language you want to use (English or Chinese) and a list will of applications will be shown where you can mark applications to create quick launchers for applications you can add to your panel.
When you answered these questions you are good to go but a lot of work needs to be done before the Enlightment desktop is setup and working.

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Maybe you would also be interested to change the wallpaper slideshow with a script made by James. His script is located here:


sudo add-apt-repository ppa:e17-packaging/ppa
sudo apt-get update
The two lines above shouldn’t be used… The e17-packaging PPA repo isn’t up-to-date and has only jaunty packages. You can directly install e17 from the default Maverick repos.


Just an fyi, although you can install e17 from the default repos for ubuntu 10.10, it does not come with all the bells and whistles as ubuntu 10.04. Example is none of the emodules are available in the 10.10 repo’s compared to 10.04. Unfortunately, it’s just a waiting game at this point which sucks. I have been using e17 for a bit and it’s awesome but 10.10 has a bit of catching up. for those power e17 users, I suggest waiting until the emodules (and other tools withi e17 not available in 10.10) have been updated to use the newer… Read more »


I want to uninstall e17 how can I ?



I was confused as there were more than 1 option with dependencies.
I tried sudo apt-get remove e17
It worked.
There were broken packages, which i used ‘Broken’ filter to find and removed them completely
Thanks for the help.