Out of the darkness comes Enlightenment December 3, 2010Posted by rm42 in Computers, Linux.
Although KDE is my work horse, every day, desktop environment, I enjoy testing different environments from time to time. Enlightenment is one environment that I had wanted to try for a while. I remember seeing some beautiful Enlightenment screen shots about 10 years ago. However, at the time, installing it was not an easy task. And frankly, KDE fulfilled all my needs on a DE. However, my admiration for Enlightenment has never really gone away. So, I was glad when I heard that PCLinuxOS had a release sporting this DE. Knowing how easy it is to install and maintain a PCLinuxOS desktop, I thought this may be the time to finally give Enlightenment a try. And I was right.
I have only started playing with it, so don’t expect a deep review. I only want to highlight the beauty of the environment and the good job the PCLinuxOS team did in customizing it for their distro. If you want to learn a bit more about how to configure it, the PCLinuxOS forum has lots of information about it. See here for example.
Lets now look at the PCLinuxOS Enlightenment release. This is what the Grub boot screen looks like:
Not a bad start, eh? Here is the desktop log in screen. (Boy, that’s what I’m talking about.)
This is the screen you see as the desktop is being loaded. (The little white dots are animated gently going up and down.)
Here is what a freshly installed PCLinuxOS Enlightenment desktop looks like.
What you see on the top left is the clock. The little green dot is the seconds marker. Looks very sleek in my opinion. The bar at the bottom works very much like the OS X one. The icons get larger as you mouse over them. Running applications add an icon at the right of the bar. The application menu is accessed by left clicking on the desktop. This is what it looks like:
As you can see above, there is a red button at the bottom of the Applications Menu that is called “System”. This is what you get when you click on it:
Obviously, that is where you go to terminate your session. And that is where we are going to say good bye for now. I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of the PCLinuxOS 2010.11 Enlightenment Desktop.