Enlightenment is perhaps the least known and the oldest Windows manager still being actively developed. KDE and Gnome (Desktop Environments) made their first release few years after Enlightenment had its first release way back in 1996. Enlightenment features an iconbar, which the “Dock” of OS X is based on, and is quite different from the traditional WM and DE that we are used to. The current version, E17, has been in development since 2000 with slow update cycles and perhaps one of the reason why it is not as widely adopted as other WM and DE out there. Earlier version of gOS was based on E16-17 (they moved to gnome). Elive, OpenGEU and Maryan Linux are three distribution that has Enlightenment installed by default.
Unfortunately the latest version of E17 installation is not very straight forward, the packages available at Debian and Ubuntu repositories are few years old. The best way to install E17 is through an installation script made by one of the developer of E17, which downloads and latest source and files from svn and compiles and installs everything needed to run E17. I had no problem, but use at your own risk.
Enlightenment is highly customizable and has a nice default look. The Enlightenment user base is very small compare to Gnome and KDE and there are not a lot of E17 themes out there, with that in mind here are eight beautiful E17 themes that really stands out from the rest.
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