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Old 13. Mar 2012, 03:49 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What's happened to E17?

When Unity and Gnome3 were first forced upon us I always felt that many users would look first at KDE and then maybe at the lighter desktop versions, however the likes of LXDE and Xfce, for me at any rate, don't even come close to the speed and customization offered by the Enlightenment desktop.

http://jeffhoogland.blogspot.com/search?q=enlightenment

Since then though, PCLinuxOS and Moon have dropped theirs and most of the others have also either stalled or aren't so useful for other reasons. Bodhi is good but ongoing sound problems are affecting some users, me included. MacPup is great but hardly user friendly, especially when it comes to configuring an internet connection. My broadband modem is not recognized at all and I've also failed to configure the DSL. Probably the best looking is Elive but although the live CD is free, you must pay for the installer module if you want to make it a permanent fixture.

I was discussing all this with an English speaking guy at the doctors today while waiting to have my stitches out He recommended yet another distro I've never heard of called ExLight which is a remastered version of Ubuntu 11.10 with the E17 desktop, last updated at the beginning of this month. At nearly a gig for the download maybe this is what I've been looking for as it must surely contain enough useful bits for that size. I'll try to take a look when I get some free time and report on what I find.

http://exlight.exton.net/
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Here's the link for the only English part pf the site that I could find: the rest of the site, including the forums, is in Swedish!

http://linux.exton.net/english
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Thanks Torres. Seems to be very much a one man band distro but there are several good ones around like this so shouldn't put folks off giving it a try if this type of alternative is something they want.
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Old 13. Mar 2012, 08:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Still have Bodhi on a 8GB stick and while I was putting it through its paces sound problems were never an issue. But I must say Bodhi is allot more user friendly now days and it works great on a USB drive.

Truth is Mint Julie is still my main OS and is top notch. PclinuxOS with KDE is the only distro I've tried lately that comes close to Julia. The new Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Mint 12 distros just plain stink on ice.
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Old 14. Mar 2012, 09:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Seems to be very much a one man band distro.
From his site:
"The number of Exton distributions has decreased from 66 (all time high in June 2011) to 32. See a complete LIST. It was a bit too much for me to keep 66 distributions up to date."

66? 32? He is crazy.

His Linux Mint 12 fork MeX Linux also looks nice ... "I have installed KDE 4.8 (latest stable version) and Cinnamon 1.3.1, as alternatives, so that everyone on the spot (during live operation) can compare the different five (5) Desktop Environments. "
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66? 32? He is crazy.
That's probably why I like him
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That's probably why I like him
Kindred spirits?
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Old 12. Apr 2012, 11:00 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Yellow Dog Linux - A Distro built upon the RHEL/CentOS core with E17 desktop:

http://www.yellowdoglinux.com/products/ydl/e17.shtml
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I saw this one a while back but the forum looked a bit stagnant so I never got round to trying it.
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Here's another one - AtlasX (Debian + E17):

http://www.atlasx.org/
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