Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd May 2008 11:04 UTC
Window Managers The Equinox Desktop Environment is a small memory footprint desktop environment built on top of the extended FLTK toolkit ('Fast Light Tool Kit'). EDE features a desktop, a Windows-like panel with 'start' menu, taskbar, and system tray, support for theming, and graphical front-ends for software installation, xscreensaver configuration, and much more. Linux.com took a look at EDE version 1.2.
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EDE has potential...
by UltraZelda64 on Sun 25th May 2008 11:48 UTC
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2006-12-05

Being a longtime Windows user myself from Win95 all the way up until XP just a couple years ago, EDE had me interested from the start. I recall using it in STX, and while nice, it needed polish--which I expected it to get eventually. I later compiled it from source in my distro of choice, Zenwalk, and after fiddling around with it, I got it to start.

Now, I've compiled the latest version and installed it... and I'm stuck in the exact same place: actually getting it to start. Simply "add startede to .xinitrc" as the directions say doesn't work (I've tried adding to both the beginning and the end); Xfce still starts. Doing too many changes to the file leads to X not starting at all. Hopefully I get it soon, or I'll give up. I'm not finding much help searching Google. It doesn't add itself as an option to xwmconfig, either.

I think this is EDE's biggest problem... it aims to be an easy, familiar, Windows-like interface... but virtually no distros support it, meaning compile-and-screw-around-trying-to-get-it-to-work if you really want to try it. STX showed potential, but the project completely lost sight of its goals and went to hell... from being a lean and unique Slackware/EDE-based distro, to just another Slack with Xfce (why? There are already plenty...), to (even worse...) PCLinuxOS with Xfce (now known as SaxenOS, btw).

Edited 2008-05-25 11:49 UTC

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RE: EDE has potential...
by Doc Pain on Sun 25th May 2008 21:31 in reply to "EDE has potential..."
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2006-10-08

Now, I've compiled the latest version and installed it... and I'm stuck in the exact same place: actually getting it to start. Simply "add startede to .xinitrc" as the directions say doesn't work (I've tried adding to both the beginning and the end); Xfce still starts.


Maybe the instruction isn't clear enough. Your ~/.xinitrc may only contain one (!) statement to start the desired window manager. It should be the last line in this file and should look like this:

exec startede

Look out for a prior "exec xfce" or "exec xfwm" statement and comment this line out.

Further explaination (for educational purposes): The file ~/.xinitrc is processed when X is started. It may contain many lines, usually ending with &, to start a program "in the background", or do other settings. Example:

xmodmap ~/.xmodmaprc
xterm -title "Terminal" &
xbiff -geometry 50x50+0+716 &
exec wmaker

All the lines are executed, and the X server finally starts the program specified by exec. The server runs as long as this program runs - usually the window manager or the desktop environment. When the program exits, X exits, too.

Doing too many changes to the file leads to X not starting at all.


I think this depends on the kind of the changes. :-) Maybe you should look for a xinitrc script with higher precedence if you feel that your local changes (local to your user) don't take effect.

Hopefully I get it soon, or I'll give up. I'm not finding much help searching Google. It doesn't add itself as an option to xwmconfig, either.


I hope I could help you a bit, at least by giving a starting point.

I think this is EDE's biggest problem... it aims to be an easy, familiar, Windows-like interface... [...]


You can achieve a similar goal by using IceWM with a customized theme, if you like it old fashioned. :-)

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