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The [http://equinox-project.org/ Equinox Desktop Environment (EDE)] is a DE designed to be simple, extremely light-weight and fast.
 
The [http://equinox-project.org/ Equinox Desktop Environment (EDE)] is a DE designed to be simple, extremely light-weight and fast.
  
It primarily offers the most basic things: A window manager ([[PekWM]] is used), 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 progams, screensaver, etc. Beginning with version 2.0, EDE follows the FreeDesktop.org guidelines.
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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 progams, a calculator, etc. Beginning with version 2.0, EDE follows the FreeDesktop.org guidelines.
  
Unlike any other desktop environment, EDE² is based upon the [http://fltk.org FLTK toolkit]. It's especially fit for systems with little RAM or for users who want to customize their system and need a GUI that is not already bloated with functions and applications.
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Unlike any other desktop environment, EDE² is based upon the [http://fltk.org 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.
  
 
==Installation==
 
==Installation==
  
EDE is not very a very common piece of software. You usually have to compile it yourself (there are no pre-built packages for it). Fortunately on Arch there are two [[AUR]]-packages available that allow you build EDE it without much hassle.
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EDE is not very a very common piece of software. You usually have to compile it yourself. For Arch Linux there are however pre-built packages available via a [[Unofficial User Repositories|custom repository]].
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===Installation (packages)===
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To enable EDE's repository, just add the following lines to your {{ic|/etc/pacman.conf}}:
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{{bc|<nowiki>
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[ede]
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SigLevel = Optional
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Server = http://www.equinox-project.org/repos/arch/$arch
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</nowiki>}}
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Next update the database files:
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# pacman -Syy
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Now you can simply install EDE packages via [[pacman]]:
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# pacman -S ede
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The repository offers EDE split into 4 packages:
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* ''edelib''
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* ''ede-common''
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* ''ede''
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* ''ede-wallpapers'' ('''optional''')
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===Installation (AUR)===
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You can also build EDE yourself. Fortunately on Arch there are two [[AUR]]-[[PKGBUILD]] files available that allow you to build it without much hassle.
  
 
The first one is {{aur|edelib}} which is a dependency for EDE, the other one {{aur|ede}} the actual DE.
 
The first one is {{aur|edelib}} which is a dependency for EDE, the other one {{aur|ede}} the actual DE.
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==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:
 
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:

Revision as of 18:47, 17 October 2013

The Equinox Desktop Environment (EDE) is a DE 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 progams, 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.

Installation

EDE is not very a very common piece of software. You usually have to compile it yourself. For Arch Linux there are however pre-built packages available via a custom repository.

Installation (packages)

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

[ede]
SigLevel = Optional
Server = http://www.equinox-project.org/repos/arch/$arch

Next update the database files:

# pacman -Syy

Now you can simply install EDE packages via pacman:

# pacman -S ede

The repository offers EDE split into 4 packages:

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

Installation (AUR)

You can also build EDE yourself. Fortunately on Arch there are two AUR-PKGBUILD files available that allow you to build it without much hassle.

The first one is edelibAUR which is a dependency for EDE, the other one edeAUR the actual DE.

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

Applications

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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