Mint Enlightenment

Configuration and Management

While working on customizing my E17 environment, I have to say I was both pleasantly surprised as well as periodically reminded that this software isn’t quite ready for prime time. The usability side is good, but from time to time the system’s “gadgets” will have annoying errors.

These “gadgets” are actually one of E17’s great strengths. The default install starts with a “shelf” at the bottom of the screen in lieu of a regular menu bar. By means of the Gadgets Manager, you can add/remove functions like the CPU monitor, clock, sound mixer and so forth. There’s also an “iBar”, which is essentially a user-configurable dock for frequently-used applications. The iBar is well-enough designed that it supports the capacity for shell scripts and other applications that aren’t on the system’s radar (which is incredibly useful for me, since I use a proprietary app.) All told, for purposes of configuring Enlightenment, I didn’t have to open a text editor once. The built-in tools have been more than up to the task.

Here’s what my system looks like:
Joe's desktop

My Early Verdict

So far, I’m impressed with Enlightenment 17. It’s surprisingly responsive, surprisingly easy to configure and has enough eye candy that a neophyte can figure out what to do with only a minimal learning curve. Yes, it shows signs that it needs some polish around the edges, but this is an environment I feel could compete favorably with some of the more “full-featured” environments. I’m going to continue working with E17 for awhile and possibly even provide some how-tos down the road.

8 thoughts on “Mint Enlightenment

  1. Now that 10.xx ubuntu is out, and Mint is at 9, it would be nice to find instructions on how to add a different than Gnome desktop to Mint 64bit.
    I use Mint64bit only because I can run 2 programs in Virtualbox, and virtualbox seems to run faster than on the 32bit Mint ubuntu (other stuff runs the same speed).
    And the 64bit platforms aren’t what you see the community editions come out under.

  2. I just got through trying a few distros that use e17.
    My test machine is a Netbook – if it works on this, it’ll run on my old desktop well and on my laptop well too. My netbook is a Celeron 800MHz, only has 512MB of RAM, an 8GB SSD (Asus eeePC 900SD).
    And I must say, I have NEVER, I mean NEVER, seen an OS so SLOW and SLUGGISH! and I have tried just about every distro in the right hand column on the front page of Distrowatch in recent months. Maybe this thing flies with lots of ram or something… but it’s not what I witnessed. It’s a hog, it’s a dog. ANYONE can fill a screen with pizazz using bloatcode, which is what e17 is. It may have a great well thought out front end and human interface in terms of configuration options (it’s not hard to do better what the others do wrong – just don’t copy them), but on the back end, whatever they developed it with, it’s slow as molasses in January on a minimalistic machine.
    I would like to see some quality programming… that isn’t all about pizazz, but also about compact fast code… we haven’t been seeing any of that for a while now.

  3. Just some general observations for E. E16 follows traditional linux Window Manager /Window Desktop divisions, whereas Enlightenment DR 17 is a desktop shell (all WM/WD in one , undivisible). In either case they are separate from the underlaying linux. To reach the goal of light ,fast setup the linux selection needs to be severe. Linux Mint, PC/os ,Elive,and others of the types ( lightweight ) are all good choices.The best is to do a no gui installation to avoid a gui with the attendant dependency load. both gnome and kde are bad for this ( I like running in console mode , and the speed difference is noticeable ) .So ANY (mostly ) gnome/kde application will pull a lot of code to support THAT app, and that app only ( let us not talk about a “default” install ) .
    So to avoid a hog/dog situation look at application alternatives ( lots) ,reduce the number of services that you are running to a minimum (e.g. do you *really* need 40 minimized apps on the systray and /or apps running but doing nothing but taking up desktop real estate and eating memory ? ) .Oh Yeah , no one says that you HAVE to use the glitz and pizazz, it works in “plain jane ” fashion as well.

    my appolgy to joe for the diatibe.

    • Thanks for the comment. Apologies for it not appearing right away; I had a bit of a trolling problem the other day, so I have comment moderation turned on. 🙂

  4. I really like the site and appreciate the information. I’m writing to you now off a PcLinuxOs live Cd with enlightenment 17 and I’m blown away so far. I’ve been checking out different distros as my Kubuntu just seems bloated. Under Kubuntu I’ve tried several multimedia players and they bog down and the music gets spotty when multitasking (as well as poor sound quality even after installing separate EQ programs). As I said, I am writing to you now off of a live cd, and my music sounds great without interruptions (XMMS), I have firefox going with 4 tabs, terminal sessions, a graphic editor and text editor and system monitor all performing flawlessly. Again, this is off of a live CD! I’m not sure what Timmi’s performance issues are, but I’m definitely not seeing them. Not only am I falling in love with Enlightenment, I’m starting to get giddy feelings for this PcLinuxOs (still not sure if it’s love or lust!)
    I have a few ideas for future articles I hope you consider:
    1) I’d like to see your thoughts on the differences between and reasons for the different family members of these distro families from a new to a mid level users standpoint. i.e. Debian /Ubuntu /Mint /MintDe /Moon and RedHat/Mandriva/ PcLinuxOs. I was trying a Linux Mint Live Cd and liked it and was considering installing it until I read and article from one of the top Mint coders saying Debian is making some serious changes, Ubuntu is making some non-related serious changes (not just Unity but much more technical changes) so many of Mint’s scheduled improvements are going to have to be postponed until they see how the Debian / Ubuntu changes pan out. So why not go straight to Debian? As I understand it Debian packages will work on Ubuntu, but Ubuntu has many that won’t work on Debian. Is this the same for Mint and Ubuntu? Does Mint have their own packages that Ubuntu can’t use? What seems to be the biggest differences between all the derivatives? On distrowatch, many give the exact same descriptions, “We like ABC distro but wanted to make a more user friendly, lightweight but fully functional version”. I just think it would be helpful for newbies to have the LinuxCritic’s 2 cents on the subject.
    2) I’m looking to make a distro change. Live Cd’s are great for a first date but I think you still need to install to truly decide if a distro is marriage material. Since you seem to constantly try new OSes, (I’m assuming while leaving your favorite flavor intact) how do you set up your pc to make it easier to try new distros? Have you learned any tricks with disk partitioning, Grub, scripts, or copying files from old installations that would help along the install/customization process?

    Again, great site, looking forward to future articles!

    • Thanks, I appreciate your feedback. I’m really not entirely sure how the whole Mint/Ubuntu/Debian thing will pan out, but based on the “quiet” Debian-based activity going on over with the Mint folks, I have to think it’s only a matter of time until they move completely over to Debian.

      Personally, I use regular old Mint for my day-to-day stuff. It’s been awhile since I’ve done any serious distro testing (maybe I should look at Mint LXDE!), but my general MO there is to use VirtualBox for that.

  5. Distro that does it all for you, … debian based … BodhiLinux.
    Do yourselves a favor install it. I have easiest way to get Enlightenment.

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