Enlightenment (Window Manager)

window manager for Unix-like operating systems

Enlightenment (also known simply as E), is a free software/open source window manager for the X Window System. It can be used alone or together with a desktop environment such as GNOME or KDE. Enlightenment is sometimes used as a replacement for a full desktop environment.

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Enlightenment DR17
Enlightenment DR17
Original author(s)Carsten Haitzler
Developer(s)E17 Development Team
Initial release1997
Stable release
E17 / 9 April 2013; 7 years ago (2013-04-09)[1]
Preview release
E18 / 31 January 2013; 7 years ago (2013-01-31)[2]
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Written inC
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeWindow manager


The first version of Enlightenment was released by Raster (Carsten Haitzler) on 1996-10-30.[3]

Enlightenment has been under development for 10 years. Its latest stable release is E17. It always comes with a warning that it is in permanent "heavy development" and remains "not stable".

Related pagesEdit


  1. antognolli. "E17 bugfix release, E18 + EDBUSv2 snapshots".
  2. Mike Blumenkrantz. "E17 bugfix release, E18 + EDBUSv2 snapshots".
  3. http://enlightenment.sourceforge.net/Main/FAQs

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