Debian is a free operating system (OS) for your computer. An operating system is the set of basic programs and utilities that make your computer run. Debian uses the Linux kernel (the core of an operating system), but most of the basic OS tools come from the GNU project; hence the name GNU/Linux.
Debian GNU/Linux provides more than a pure OS: it comes with over 18733 packages, precompiled software bundled up in a nice format for easy installation on your machine.
Enlightenment is a window manager. Enlightenment is a desktop shell. Enlightenment is the building blocks to create beautiful applications. Enlightenment, or simply e, is a group of people trying to make a new generation of software.
1) You already have a Debian GNU/Linux operating system
2) You know what the command line is and are not afraid of it,
3) You have sorted out root v. user, and
4) You have determined what is meant by the word "Free".
Installing e17 from the svn is the preferred way. One should try this method in order to best understand how e is installed and where everything is located. To the discerning computer user, one wants to be in complete control of what is put on their computer, where it is put and how it is configured. After all you are running Debian.
Although it's easy to install Enlightenment once, it's a bit hard and boring to keep it up to date with the current SVN sources. The reason is, that you'll have to repeat all commands that were typed in the previous build. Installing e17 from the cvs via a script, is well much easyer. Creating a script is not a very dificult task, and there have been many made. Some users made nice scripts that are doing everything automatically, from download the sources from the SVN repository and install them to keeping everything current Regrettably, many used to be on the old Enlightenment Forums, which are no more and the maintainers saw fit not to archive them. Installing E17 using scripts is not supported by the Enlightenment Development Team.Read more...
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