Stacking Window Managers

Enlightenment – window manager and desktop environment

The Enlightenment window manager is a robust, flexible, highly configurable, graphically rich yet unobtrusive desktop environment for the X11 windowing system. It is fully themable and easily configured. There are a wide range of configuration options to suite any taste.

Enlightenment focuses on pushing the limits of existing technologies while remaining lightweight, flexible, and beautiful.

One of the aims of the window manager is to be as configurable as possible. It includes customization dialogs for focus settings, window movement, resizing, grouping and placement settings, audio, multiple desktop, desktop background, pager, tooltip and autoraise settings. It also includes a special effects dialog, including a desktop ‘ripple’ effect.

Enlightenment is sometimes used as a substitute for a full desktop environment.

Enlightenment can automatically run user scripts or applications during startup, restart, and shutdown. This facilitates the loading of system tray applets, rss readers, screensavers, and other daemons.

Enlightenment manages windows and files. It’s a compositor and is also capable of launching applications, handling the user interface and even system settings.

Features include:

  • KDE and GNOME integration.
  • Built-in file manager.
  • Built-in composite manager.
  • Multi-program sound support.
  • Iconification.
  • Sliding Desktops.
  • Docking.
  • Epplets.
  • Xinerama support.
  • Snapshoting pager.
  • Fully themable.
  • Multiple Desktops.
  • Virtual Desktops.
  • Window grouping.
  • Sound effects for window operations.
  • Special effects for window, desktop, and menu animation.
  • Ability to change window borders (or remove borders and title bars completely).
  • EESH – the Enlightenment Shell allows complete remote control of the window manager and scripting.
  • Session Scripts.
  • Keyboard shortcuts for nearly 80 actions, such as window handling, desktop navigation, or cursor movement.
  • eDox help system.
  • Modular design – can dynamically load external modules. Modules include:
    • Pager – Switching between different virtual desktops.
    • Bar – Launching applications.
    • iBox – Holding minimized applications.
    • iTask NG – A dock similar to the Mac OS X dock.
    • Dropshadow – Provides a drop-shadow for every window.
    • Clock – Analog clock.
    • Battery – Monitoring a laptop battery.
    • CPUFreq – Monitoring a laptop CPU.
    • Temperature – Monitoring laptop temperature.

Support: Documentation
Developer: Carsten Haitzler and contributors
License: BSD


Enlightenment is written in C. Learn C with our recommended free books and free tutorials.

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