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The many Profiles of Enlightenment’s E17

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There are many desktop environments in active development, but none is as customizable as the E or Enlightenment Desktop Environment. But of all those desktop environments, its development (or public releases) has been comparatively slow.

Enlightenment is one of those projects that caught my attention years ago, but which I decided, after playing with it for sometime, that it was not yet ready for prime time. I’ve been quietly tracking its development since.

The latest release, Enlightenment version 0.17 or E17, was released late last year. I’ve been playing with it for a few weeks now, and so far, I’ve been impressed. There are still has some very rough edges, but it’s very usable.

A feature I like plenty is Profiles

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