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Bodhi Linux Users' comprehensive guide of the Enlightenment Window Manager:

The Bodhi Guide to Enlightenment

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Getting acquainted with Enlightenment.

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Main Menu

A tour of the default Enlightenment Menu.

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Modifying Menus

Making the Enlightenment Menu work for you.

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Virtual Desktops

Multiple desktops for multiple looks and task management.

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Modules Info

What they are and what they do.

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Module Reference

Description of Modules that are available via Bodhi Repository.

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Shelves & Gadgets

Info on Shelves, Enlightenment's panels, and Gadgets, Enlightenment's widgets.

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Theme Info

Customize the look & feel of your desktop environment.

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Easily switchable layouts of modules, gadgets, and shelves.

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Everything Module

One-stop access to everything.

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Fancy window effects.

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Assigning different forms of input to specific commands.

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General Settings

List and description of all the options in the Settings Menu.

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Other Settings

Other settings related to appearance customization.

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Terminology & EFM

In-depth info and guide regarding Bodhi Linux's native E apps!

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Creating Themes

How to build your own theme.

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Credits/ Revisions/ License For Bodhi Guide to Enlightenment.

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Bodhi Quickstart Guide

Head back toward the Quickstart Guide for the simple intro to Bodhi Linux.

Bodhi Guide - Introduction

This Bodhi Guide to Enlightenment is intended to be your resource for using Enlightenment (E17) and getting the most out of it. New Bodhi Linux users may also want to check out our brief introduction, the Quickstart Guide, which is available online and locally on your system, accessible via the Main Menu.

One of the beauties of a Linux system is the plethora of choices for a Window Manager, and Bodhi Linux uses Enlightenment as its default. But what exactly is a Window Manager?

According to Wikipedia, “A window manager is system software that controls the placement and appearance of windows within a windowing system in a graphical user interface … They work in conjunction with the underlying graphical system which provides required functionality such as support for graphics hardware, pointing devices, and a keyboard, and are often written and created using a widget toolkit."

Basically a Window Manager controls the way you interact with your computer, at least in the Graphical User Interface (GUI). Over time, many Window Managers have been extended to become full-fledged Desktop Environments. A Desktop Environment is generally considered to be a Window Manager that integrates common applications and services, which are often built using the same widget toolkit, into the GUI.

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Enlightenment is known as a Window Manager, but provides most of the functionality found in much more resource-hungry Desktop Environments. You could say that it straddles the line between a Window Manager and a Desktop Environment.

The first version of Enlightenment was released in 1997. In December 2000, it was completely re-written using the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL), and remains in active development to this day. The current incarnation of Enlightenment is 0.1.7, often referred to as simply E17. It is officially stable. E18 is in the works, though a stable release is far into the future.

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In the Fall of 2010, the lead-developer, Jeff Hoogland, began working on the idea of a new Linux distribution utilizing a current and relatively stable version of Enlightenment, built on the rock-solid EFL foundation, as the Window Manager, with an Ubuntu Long Term Support release as its base.

Enlightenment and Bodhi Linux

Enlightenment is the natural choice as a Window Manager in Bodhi Linux, as it fits in perfectly with two of the most important Bodhi Linux ideals:

  • Minimalism - A default install of Enlightenment will run in less than 100 MB of RAM. That is FAR less than most modern Window Managers, not to mention complete Desktop Environments. But it doesn't come at the expense of great looks or functionality. Enlightenment is one of the most elegant Window Managers available, and is highly extensible through the use of Modules. Which brings us to the second ideal …
  • User Choice - Enlightenment is likely the most highly configurable Window Manager in existence, so you can make your system look and work the way you want.

There are other Linux distributions that use Enlightenment as their Window Manager, but none (that we know of) deliver such frequent E17 updates, ensuring that you always have the best Enlightenment has to offer.

Another great advantage of using Enlightenment in Bodhi Linux is that two active E17 developers (Stephen “okra" Houston and Christopher “devilhorns" Michael) are also active developers on the Bodhi Linux team. This relationship benefits both parties. Any issues that appear in the E17 version that Bodhi Linux is using can be addressed and corrected quickly. And those fixes can then quickly go “upstream" to the main E17 development and out to the wider Enlightenment community as a whole.

We hope you find this guide useful.

Feedback is welcome at the Bodhi Linux Documentation sub-forum (online link).

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