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May 27, 2009 @ 9:21

Enlightenment on Fedora 10

Enlightenment desktop looks very interesting and claims to use very little resources but that it also gives you a lot of bling. That got me hooked immediately. To install and tryout Enlightenment on Fedora you only need to install one package: enlightenment.
Next time you get to your login screen and click on username in bottom part of login screen you can choose different desktop interface.
I really liked Enlightenment and it really has light resource requirements and it looks gorgeous. There are lots of light desktop environments but they all look too spartan even for Fedora Leonidas (pun intended) or for my taste ;)
There are two mayor issues that prevent me from using Enlightenment as my everyday desktop. First is the lack of support for NetworkManager. In order to connect to wired or wireless networks I had to use command line, so users that don’t know how to use cli to setup network can’t use Enlightenment at all. Second one is no usb hotplug manager for usb memory sticks.
If somehow these two features can be made to work on Fedora then we would have one great desktop for low powered machines. I know about LXDE, Openbox, XFCE and others but IMHO Enlightenment is a better looking and therefore more likable lightweight desktop.
What is your favorite lightweight desktop? Why do you prefer it? Have you used Enlightenment? What do you think about Enlightenment desktop?

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  1. Posted by Troels Just

    May 27, 2009 @ 9:34

    Isn’t it possible to use the GNOME applet for NetworkManager in Enlightenment though? In the last test release of the F11 KDE spin that I tried, the GNOME nm-applet was used as the GUI for NetworkManager. I havn’t tried Xfce on F11, so I don’t know for sure, but I would think the same is true for that as well.

  2. Posted by valent

    May 27, 2009 @ 9:44

    I found a video showing how to do it under Ubuntu:

    But I can’t find the plugin that they are referring to, it looks like it is not available in fedora repositories yet.

    If you have pre-configured wireless networks in Gnome than if you start nm-applet in cli you will get connected to wireless network, but you will not get NetworkManager applet to appear and change networks, configure new networks or use predefined static IP address wired network settings.

    There is a module called systray for E17, it looks like it is really new and Ubuntu guys packaged it but it hasn’t landed in Fedora yet. This module would let NetworkManager work in E17.

  3. Posted by Vasile Chelban

    May 27, 2009 @ 10:42

    Try E17 build from http://optics.csufresno.edu/~kriehn/fedora/repository.html
    If you use F11/rawhide, take a look at http://optics.csufresno.edu/fedora/testing/11/
    USB hot plug is working (although there is issue with vfat filesystem mounting defaults, not related directly to e17). For systray I use http://repo.fedora.md/fmd/fedora/10/i386/repoview/trayer.html .

  4. Posted by Darko

    May 27, 2009 @ 11:26

    I use stalonetray + wicd for the network management tasks.

    My favourite window manager is FVWM for 10 years now :)
    I was using Enlightenment few years ago, and it’s cool,
    but the power of the FVWM prevailed :)

  5. Posted by valent

    May 27, 2009 @ 11:35

    I’ll trying out Enlightenment in F11 as soon as it is released, nice to hear that usb hotplug support is working in Rawhide. Is see that trayer is not in main Fedora repos, is there some effort in putting trayer and systray in Fedora repos?

  6. Posted by valent

    May 27, 2009 @ 11:36

    Wicd is very nice, too bad it is not in Fedora repositories :(

  7. Posted by Vasile Chelban

    May 27, 2009 @ 12:46

    usb hotplug work fine for both f10 and f11, I just pointed that will be no troubles for future f11 owners to use that 3rdparty repo.

    Although trayer work pretty fine, it does not look like beeing maintained by upstream. So I just build it for personal repo. Fedora repo already includes stalonetray and docker.

  8. Posted by Jay

    May 27, 2009 @ 15:18

    I used to be a huge fan of FVWM, doing the same thing as above and using stalonetray. So customizable it’s amazing. Only problem is one of the main devs on the mailing lists is a complete asshole, so if you need help you are going to have to put up with his shit.

  9. Posted by Felix Pleşoianu

    May 27, 2009 @ 17:22

    Fluxbox user here. Either Network Manager or Wicd sits just fine in the systray, as for hotplug, what would I need it for? Any media I plug in simply shows up in Krusader.

    OTOH, Enlightenment can look really, really good. For people who care about bling, it’s definitely an option.

  10. Posted by stick

    August 29, 2009 @ 20:09

    I’m using FVWM (and have been for several years) – see fvwm.org or fvwm.lair.be for info on a true lightweight and configurable window manager.

  11. Posted by Thiago

    April 30, 2013 @ 19:31

    I can think of a Denver property management company or two that could stand to take a leaf out of Enlightenment’s book.

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