Equinox Desktop Environment

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The Equinox Desktop Environment (EDE) is a desktop environment designed to be simple, extremely light-weight and fast.

It primarily offers the most basic things: A window manager (PekWM is used by default), a simple GUI including a panel, a daemon watching removable media and a notification daemon. Other than that there's not much more than some configuration programs, a calculator, etc. Beginning with version 2.0, EDE follows the FreeDesktop.org guidelines.

Unlike any other desktop environment, EDE² is based upon the FLTK toolkit. It's especially fit for systems with little RAM or for users who want to completely customize their system and need a GUI that is not already bloated with functions and applications.


EDE can be installed from the AUR with the edeAUR package.

Alternatively, you can obtain it from the #Custom repository.

Custom repository

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Notes: Unofficial repositories should be listed only on that page. (Discuss in Talk:Equinox Desktop Environment#)

To enable EDE's unofficial user repository, add the following lines to your /etc/pacman.conf:

SigLevel = Optional
Server = http://ede.elderlinux.org/repos/archlinux/$arch

Next refresh the package lists and install the EDE packages via pacman:

  • edelib
  • ede-common
  • ede
  • ede-wallpapers (optional)

Starting the DE

To bring up EDE you can either use a Display manager or use startx. If you choose the later, just write the following to the .xinitrc of your user:

 exec startede


Since EDE is a bare-bone DE, you will have to add even the most common applications like a file manager or an editor yourself. It's all your freedom and choice.

Due to the nature of the DE, it obviously makes sense to install light-weight software. There are however not that many FLTK applications available so you will likely have to relay on a second toolkit like GTK for example.

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