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:
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.