How to install e17 in Debian sid

I recommend to install e17 only in Sid. The reason is that the official e17 packages are in the experimental repository. There are several repos for e17 but in my personal experience I prefer the official ones.

To add them you need to add these lines to your sources.list (you can use any server)
deb experimental main contrib non-free
#If you want to use the sources
deb-src experimental main contrib non-free

Then edit your /etc/apt/preferences (create if needed) and add these lines

Package: *
Pin: release a=unstable
Pin-Priority: 700

Package: *
Pin: release a=experimental
Pin-Priority: 600

Then issue apt-update && apt-get upgrade and apt-get install -t experimental e17


Enlightenment: The next generation Desktop Environment

Enlightenment 17 (e17) is a powerful, but almost unknown, windows manager. It has been developed  for a while and it’s has not been released yet. Nevertheless, it’s lightweight, powerful, highly customizable and with a little bit of work very beautiful. I have to say I got enlightened because of the eye candy you can get without sacrifice up too much resources. E17 can run in less than 100 Mb with animations, shadows, etc.

You can take a look to my screen.

My e17 screen

My e17 screen

Why did I choose Linux?

That’s a main point. I’ve have almost a year using Linux but I have tried it a lot and now I can share my experience and tell us some of the characteristics I found:

Fully customizable: From setting your menu bar transparent to build a new system from scratch you can customize Linux in any way you want. The only limit is you!

Stable: Linux (and in general all the *nix OS) is very stable. A big part of the 500 top supercomputers use it and it’s used by many of the most powerful server. Source .

Eye candy: Linux and the huge amount of Desktop environments (without mentioning the composition managers – Compiz, Beryl, etc) make Linux a very beautiful system.

Fast and lightweight: Linux is really a resource saver alternative compared to commercial OS like windows. The other day, I was looking at my school’s computers stats and i could observe that Windows, with the default theme, IE and Office open, uses (wastes) more than 512 MB of RAM while Linux uses less than 200 MB (even a lot less, depending of the DE). Also, Linux is very fast – it’s used by the most fast computer ever (IBM Roads runner). Do you need another fact?

Linux is Free: I think it is the most important factor. It’s not about any technical consideration, it’s about your freedom and your right to know more about the software you’re using.

I know there are some things that must be improved but I’m sure Linux will become better each day.