I am of course talking about Enlightenment DR17, a powerful desktop shell that runs on Linux and FreeBSD (and other POSIX variants, but I focus on these two here). It has been in development for several years (due to a small number of developers who have to work on other things to make a living), but it's good enough to work with, and amazing to use.
There is an interview with Rasterman, the creator of the Enlightenment desktop shell here that gives some nice details, and you can check the additional links on this page, or do your own research to see what I mean.
There are several projects to bring Enlightenment to Linux and FreeBSD, most are in early state of development.
Enlightenment for Slackware : slacke17.
Enlightenment on FreeBSD : There is a development version of e17 in ports (
/usr/ports/x11-wm/enlightenment-devel/ and run
make install should do it), or you can compile it from the Enlightenment CVS too, it should compile without any trouble if you give correct CFLAGS & LDFLAGS to configure. I have found though that there are several things broken with Enlightenment under FreeBSD. When I have more time, I should step up and try to help fix some of these issues as I would like to see it run as well under FreeBSD as it does under Linux. There is also a file here that could help.
Enlightenment for Debian : See the next section.
The Ultimate Experience
If you want to experience Enlightenment in it's most well-rounded and optimized form, then I suggest you download the Live CD from elivecd.org. You can experience it, and then if you like it, install it directly from the CD. It installs a Debian Linux system with an optimized version of Enlightenment. A note though, the install to HD (if you choose to do it) currently takes a looooong time; I had to leave it overnight, but the results were fantastic.
Tips For eLive
This section will grow as I play with Enlightenment. Most of the suggestions are for the install that came from the eliveCD (which is based on Debian), but some will work for other distributions/OSs...
how to remove an item from the iBar (icon panel) : settings are here:
how to modify menus : settings are here:
how to modify Engage : settings are here:
how to add other software : first you need to update the
apt-get update then you simply run
apt-get install APPLICATIONNAME
how to connect via a vpn : look at my FreeBSD VPN page, but change
pkg-add -r vpnc to
apt-get install vpnc
modify the terminal : first you'll need to
apt-get install terminal-manager, then you can run it from the
elpanel or just type
forum : edevelop forum
a users guide : E17 Users Guide
a review : Enlightenment 17 Review
another review : Enlightenment .17: Here Comes the Eyecandy
more questions? : Try Here