Installing Elbuntu – E17 for Ubuntu

October 29, 2007 at 2:50 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

NOTE: This tutorial is out of date and currently inaccurate. However, with the right  adjustments you could probably get it to work, if you know what you’re doing. I will load E17 on my new laptop (when I get it) and update this post accordingly. If you have any hints or suggestions that will help me update this, please comment them!

This tutorial steps you through the process of installing Elbuntu on a computer currently running Ubuntu.

“Elbuntu is a sister distro of Ubuntu that delivers the eye-candy and configurability of Enlightenment, alongside the clean and beautiful design of Ubuntu Linux.” Visit for more information.

DISCLAIMER: Remember, E17 is still under development. You are installing “Beta quality” software. If you fry something, it’s not my problem… but I’ll do my best to help you find a solution.

Target Environment: This tutorial is intended for users of Gutsy. So if you have not already, please upgrade to Ubuntu Gutsy Gibbon before continuing. As some background, I wrote/followed this tutorial on a 64bit laptop with, regretfully, a ATI Radeon Graphics Card.

Let there be Light!

1) You must first update /etc/apt/sources.list so that apt, ubuntu’s package manager, can find the elbuntu packages. The following command appends the needed entry to the end of your sources.list. “bash -c” is needed because a limitation of sudo and piping.

sudo bash -c "echo deb gutsy e17# Elbuntu >> /etc/apt/sources.list"

2) Update apt’s package list. (note: you will probably get a GPG warning. If some one hunts down an answer before I do, please share?)

sudo apt-get update

3) Now install the window manager (e17) , the display manager (entrance), and a system tray (stalonetray)… yes, e17 doesn’t have a system tray by default.

sudo apt-get install e17 entrance stalonetray

4) Create a .desktop file for stalonetray so that you can add it to start.

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/stalonetray.desktop

and paste the following:

[Desktop Entry]
Comment=a stand-alone and KDE system tray

5) Create a .desktop file for your nm-applet

gksudo gedit /usr/share/applications/nm-applet.desktop

and paste the following:

[Desktop Entry]
Name=Network Manager
Comment=Network Manager applet
Exec=nm-applet --sm-disable

6) Edit~/.e/e/applications/startup/.order to contain the following


7) Reboot and comment this post with any problems/challenges you encountered

Again, if you have any problems/solutions/suggestions/requests, please post a comment 🙂




  1. chi said,

    could we maybe get a few screenshots of this in action?

    why can’t you just use engage, instead of stalonetray? does stalonetray provide better usability?


  2. octoberdan said,

    You can use engage if you like, certainly. I chose stalonetray because you can apt-get install it.

  3. gmoncada said,

    gracias por poder instalarlo

  4. links for 2009-11-16 « Where Is All This Leading To? said,

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  5. Phanindra said,

    The content is great. It worked for me. Thanks a lot

  6. srinivas said,

    Thank you so much. Been googling for the past day to get e17 configured. The steps outlined are simple and excellent. Thanx a lot.

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