Enlightenment 17 or E17 as it is generally called, is a cool Window Manager for X. The latest stable version of Enlightenment is E16 (0.16.8.1). In this article we will talk about the latest CVS build available (0.16.999.023). So lets begin :
- Get and Install the packages
In Suse 10, you can install E17 with a few clicks using Yast2 First of all we need to add the Installation Source to Yast. See notes for further links.
update : There is an official SuSE repository for e17 now. Check this post for details. Just change the details in this step.
Start Yast with root priveleges
$ supassword: # yast2
Then Click on the Installation Sources and Add a new FTP source and then fill the fields in the following order
Protocol : FTPServer Name : ftp.gts.lug.roDirectory on Server : packman//suse/10.0Authentication : Anonymous
After that go to Software Management in Yast2 and then in the Search field enter enlightenment and then select
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> 1\. The following packages may be selected in Yast2 : ecore, edb, > e*modules, enlightenment, enlightenment*devel, entrance, esound, > e<em>utils, ewl and engage.
- Some Quick Tips
To Move any window around the E17 workspace press ALT key and click on that Window to drag it.
- Resizing windows is as easy as going to the Lower Right End Corner of the window and a resize icon appears which you can drag to resize the window.
- Middle Click on the desktop to get a list of windows currently open.
- Right Click on desktop gives access to the Favourite Applications list.
- Left Click on desktop gives access to Main E Menu where you can change the configurations related to E17 and modules etc.
In e17 the Favorite Menu options are stored in the folder : \~/.e/e/applications/favorite
For an item to show in a menu you need to include its .eap file in the .order file. Steps to create an eap file :
Open up your favorite application. I will take the example of Flock. Then Left Click on the icon at the Top Left corner of the Flock window and then select the Create Icon option.
Then you will be prsented with a window similar to the snap shown below. Just fill out the proper values in the window. The values should be
App name : Flock-bin
> Executable : path to your flock executable file ..for me it was /opt/flock/flock
> You need not change other values.
For putting in the flock icon do the following :
Copy the flock icon to home directory$ cp /icons/mozicon128.png ~/Then just click on the ICON in the EAPP Editor and then you can select the icon from the home directory.
After creating the required .eap files for all your applications you
will find them in \~/.e/e/applications/all directory. Now these
icons can be employed in your favorites menu. To do that :
- In the favorite directory inside at \~/.e/e/applications/favorite create a file .order Then go on adding the application.eap file names to the file in the order that you wish your applications to appear.
$ cd ~/.e/e/applications/favorite$ vi .order
- Alternatively you can download the eap files i use from
here. Unzip the
files in the directory \~/.e/e/applications Hopefully it will
put some eap files into your all/ directory. Then you can create
the .order file and use ‘em :) If you would like to use my
Favorite .order files..get them from
In the same way you can change which icons you want to display in
the Bar by creating an .order file in the \~/.e/e/applications/bar/
4. Setting Up Engage
Engage is a Mac OS X style dockbar for *nix Window Managers. Engage is independent of Enlightenment but it can be used as a Module in our e17 desktop.
- Install Engage using the Yast2 Software Management as described in step 1. - To load Engage as a module we can use the enlightenmentremote command as
enlightenment_remote -module-load engage
- After the Module is loaded you can explore its properties in the
- Engage needs some .eap files to run. Download those .eapp files
you can use my eap files from
This has been a long article. And this is never meant to be a full
guide to e17 its just written to give you a quickstart and get you used
to the enlightenment way :) You can find the full e17 document
I would love to hear what you think about this article. If you want anything more to be added into this article please feel free to buzz me..