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Install Enlightenment on Ubuntu Linux

The Ubuntu default desktop uses the Gnome window manager, but there are a number of different window managers that can be installed, including KDE, Xfce, Blackbox and Fluxbox.

Installing Enlightenment is a simple process. You will want to make sure that you have selected the alternate install repositories.

Open a terminal window and use the following command:

sudo apt-get install enlightenment

Once the install is complete, log out and click on the Options button in the lower left hand corner:

You will see a menu listing all of the window managers installed on your system. Select Enlightenment from the menu, and continue to log in.

Hitting the Win+Alt key combination should bring up this menu(at least it did for me), which will show you how to interact with the desktop:

For instance, clicking the middle mouse button will bring up this menu, used to launch apps, etc.

Right clicking the desktop will show you the settings menu, with quick access to various desktop settings:

Here’s a full screenshot of the default desktop:

For more information, check out the Enlightenment homepage.

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  • Published 11/25/06

Comments (5)

  1. Nate

    This did not work for me on ubuntu 8.10

  2. Aura

    Good guide, it got me up and running, but unfortunatly its not made for laptops! No middle key means its going to have to stay on a desktop for me, I guess KDE or Gnome still rule the day for my laptops.

    Have you tried using the synaptics package manager? You might find a version on there that works?

  3. H

    Sorry if this is a little late, but have you tried clicking both buttons at the same time to emulate a middle key click. Seems to work on my laptop.

  4. mark

    i tried this and it came back with e: package enlightenment has no installation candidate.

    ie : did not install. im a newbie, just got ubuntu running so any assistance will need to be in lamen.


  5. alex

    Why include the alternate repository? just use the enlightenment one…
    sudo nano (or gedit) /etc/apt/sources.list
    and add
    deb karmic (or lucid) main extras
    at the end and make an update with
    sudo apt-get update
    now get the newest eXX package (at the moment e17) and wait until it’s finished. (sudo apt-get install e17)
    restart your system (or your x-server) and you got you’re enlightenment DM :p (and all the updates enlightnemt is putting in their repository)

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