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Makulu E17 - Now Live !

Posted by raymerjacque on January 13, 2014 at 11:00 AM

MakuluLinux is Proud to Announce the first release of our E17 Build, Run Enlightenment like never seen before. Based on Debian Testing and Kernel 3.12.x, its fast, its stable and offers plenty eye candy. Sporting a Traditional Layout, Lots of preloaded themes, Wallpapers and Applications. Users will find this build much easier to navigate than most Enlightenment builds out there ...

 

This started out as one of my least favorite builds, Enlightenment on the surface is very pretty, fast and lightweight, but it suffers from a lot of vicious bugs, specially with compatibility to integration of other DE's, the lack of root commands, a flawed d-bus system, a basic file manager, terminal and no descent menu management system and an extremely chaotic and awkward settings panel. I put a lot of hard work into this build, there were many nights i simply wanted to throw this build into recycle bin and move on to greener pastures. I certainly understand fully why not many developers make E17 environments, it is a LOT of hard work and frustration with very little documentation available to assist, For heaven sake, i even had to rewrite half the installer script just for this build... I'm glad i stuck it out, I managed to take this flawed Desktop and turn it into something usable while adding some features that were seriously lacking.

 

To bring any kind of order to the menu system i had to integrate the Gnome/XFCE menus system into Enlightenment, not quite as easy as you might think...

 

I integrated the XFCE file manager into E17 to bring stability to the file managing side of things as well as keep the speed factor a priority and adding the ability to use custom commands and root options offered by the Thunar File manager.

 

For eye candy I blended a mixture of E17 themes and GTK themes to give that all round smoothness effect.

 

E17- Enlightenment Edition Release Notes : 

 

  • E17 with Gnome Menu system and XFCE file management integration.
  • Kernel : 3.12.x Debian Testing Rolling Release
  • Traditional Layout.
  • Uses Thunar as default File manager.
  • Integrated Gnome/XFCE menu system.
  • Used a mixture of E17 and GTK Theme system.
  • Used the default Buuf Icons set that is offered standard on all our builds.
  • Nice selection of wallpapers and themes.
  • News feed reader added to bring latest makulu news to your desktop.
  • Quite a variety of applications pre-installed for daily use.
  • Variety of screen savers for users to make use of.
  • Wine and steam Pre-installed and ready to use.
  • Lots of Bug fixes throughout the system.
  • Lots of optimizations throughout the system.
Screenshots :

Login

Desktop

File Manager

Menu

Wallpapers

Themes


This is the First E17 Build produced by Makulu, however it is part of the version 4 release series and as such is marked version 4.0. I hope this build pleases all the E17 lovers out there ...


Grab your Copy from our Download Section.

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23 Comments

Reply Tony
4:05 AM on January 14, 2014 
Thank you for that! I always loved E17 but I know how hard it is to configure it. To be honest I've never tried this Debian distro and I thing the time has come to try it! Thank you for your hard work!!! DEBIAN FOREVER!
Reply raymerjacque
6:03 AM on January 14, 2014 
Tony says...
Thank you for that! I always loved E17 but I know how hard it is to configure it. To be honest I've never tried this Debian distro and I thing the time has come to try it! Thank you for your hard work!!! DEBIAN FOREVER!


You are welcome, and please don't forget to leave feedback on your experience with the distro :)
Reply palo
3:53 PM on January 15, 2014 
When you started the Makulu project I never expected you to try E17 (my favorite) now you've done it!! Very excited to give it a try. Thank you. thank you.
Reply raymerjacque
3:57 PM on January 15, 2014 
palo says...
When you started the Makulu project I never expected you to try E17 (my favorite) now you've done it!! Very excited to give it a try. Thank you. thank you.


hehe, I was just as surprised at desciding to build E17 myself, In truth i was busy building Gnome and got fed up and needed a distraction... and Thus Makulu E17 was born, never thought it would get this far but here it is...

Hope it lives up to expectations, i put ALOT of hard work into this build. So please dont forget to leave feedback on your experience :)
Reply Marcos Jacoby
8:34 AM on January 16, 2014 
Well, after this living nightmare, you would face a new so appalling about this?
How about a version made entirely using FVWM (the latest version please) of your distro?
If you already liked the speed of the E17, you'll love faster with FVWM can be.
It even has other WM a little faster (Oroborus, dwm, ...) but the FVWM is very fluid and for you really test, nothing better than setting up your display at full resolution and open the browser on the site zynga.com and play some of their games.
How are made entirely in Adobe Flash, you will realize that neither the OpenBox or the E17 can respond so quickly.
The problems of the E17 are very similar to that of the E17, not to mention the themes that comes by default are extremely rough.
Do you accept the challenge?
Reply Marcos Jacoby
8:37 AM on January 16, 2014 
Marcos Jacoby says...
Well, after this living nightmare, you would face a new so appalling about this?
How about a version made entirely using FVWM (the latest version please) of your distro?
If you already liked the speed of the E17, you'll love faster with FVWM can be.
It even has other WM a little faster (Oroborus, dwm, ...) but the FVWM is very fluid and for you really test, nothing better than setting up your display at full resolution and open the browser on the site zynga.com and play some of their games.
How are made entirely in Adobe Flash, you will realize that neither the OpenBox or the E17 can respond so quickly.
The problems of the FVWM are very similar to that of the E17, not to mention the themes that comes by default are extremely rough.
Do you accept the challenge?
Reply shadow
11:26 AM on January 16, 2014 
I had never really given E17 much more than a 10 min trial before as it just annoyed me with too much stuff....after reading the DW details of your improvements i tried it and it is a lot better so much so i am leaving it installed on my home machine...to give it a long term trial I am starting to like E17, after using openbox .
and the children love the Hippos

good work
Reply chafik
1:36 PM on January 16, 2014 
Thanks for wonderfull work, simply beautifull
However, after puting iso on usb and booting, I found no mean to install it !! The usual link on desktop to install on hard disk didont exist !! There is a link to youtube

Thanks
Reply raymerjacque
1:38 PM on January 16, 2014 
chafik says...
Thanks for wonderfull work, simply beautifull
However, after puting iso on usb and booting, I found no mean to install it !! The usual link on desktop to install on hard disk didont exist !! There is a link to youtube

Thanks


you can always start installer via terminal as well with this command :


sudo refractainstaller-yad

let me know if you get stuck :)
Reply raymerjacque
2:08 PM on January 16, 2014 
Marcos Jacoby says...
Well, after this living nightmare, you would face a new so appalling about this?
How about a version made entirely using FVWM (the latest version please) of your distro?
If you already liked the speed of the E17, you'll love faster with FVWM can be.
It even has other WM a little faster (Oroborus, dwm, ...) but the FVWM is very fluid and for you really test, nothing better than setting up your display at full resolution and open the browser on the site zynga.com and play some of their games.
How are made entirely in Adobe Flash, you will realize that neither the OpenBox or the E17 can respond so quickly.
The problems of the E17 are very similar to that of the E17, not to mention the themes that comes by default are extremely rough.
Do you accept the challenge?


At the moment i have my hands quite full with the next few releases, but who knows down the road ... I will have to do my research first before i consider it :)
Reply katib
3:13 PM on January 17, 2014 
Thnaks for help
I installed it Using the command
However, I cant mount other partitions!! There is message saying I dont have right!!
On other distros including ubuntu, I have a window to enter password, sometimes whithout requiring password
[raymerjacque]
Reply raymerjacque
1:20 AM on January 18, 2014 
katib says...
Thnaks for help
I installed it Using the command
However, I cant mount other partitions!! There is message saying I dont have right!!
On other distros including ubuntu, I have a window to enter password, sometimes whithout requiring password
[raymerjacque]


First you have missing icons in Live mode ( and those should be there ) and now you have user rights issues in Live mode ? both are working, i have installed, reinstalled this build maybe 1000 times over and every single time the icons were there.

Sounds to me like your ISO is faulty... maybe redownload ISO or try remake the USB boot stick.
Reply katib
8:51 AM on January 18, 2014 
Well, the permission issues affect the installed system not the live one
I remember the installer script asked me about modifying /etc/sudoers but I did not modify it. So do you still think I need to re-download iso?
Thanks
Reply senza vega
12:09 PM on January 18, 2014 
It's great for me to get finally E17 without major bugs !
Simplified but always beautiful !
great great job,
thanks a lot !
Reply Gimz
6:55 PM on January 19, 2014 
Thank you, i'm new to linux world, makulu E17 is just beautiful. Maybe hard for newbies like me to configure but the linux community has a bulk of info to share. Thank you very much.
Reply Manny
12:38 AM on January 20, 2014 
Great work. But I still have a few questions , How do I install in my formatted BTRFS partitions and is there a 64bit in the future?
Reply raymerjacque
1:21 AM on January 20, 2014 
Manny says...
Great work. But I still have a few questions , How do I install in my formatted BTRFS partitions and is there a 64bit in the future?


This is quite a new installer, made by the refracta team and adapted by me ( with the help of the refracta team ) to work with makulu. I am unsure about support for the BTRFS filesystem at this point, i will have to look into it and get back to you. I have your email address, soon as i have any answers i will email you.
Reply cactusneedle
3:53 PM on January 28, 2014 
Okay, so I burned a live CD and took a look. A fascinating rendition of Enlightenment and I was all fired up to find room alongside my current old Makulu 1.6 to install until.......I tried adding Iceweasel from synaptic to see how it would work in place of Chromium. The desktop immediately crashed when I tried to open it from the menu. So I started again with live CD and added Firefox this time. Same thing, system crashes when trying to open from menu. I finally determined it was caused by my having changed the Enlightenment Theme from the theme list. No theme change, no problem with anything added from synaptic. So for the moment I'm waiting on any install to see if others are experiencing this too. I've never had a problem like this with other Linux distros (but I did have a crash problem with Makulu 3.0 earlier last year). Otherwise, love this beautiful mix.
Reply raymerjacque
4:20 PM on January 28, 2014 
cactusneedle says...
Okay, so I burned a live CD and took a look. A fascinating rendition of Enlightenment and I was all fired up to find room alongside my current old Makulu 1.6 to install until.......I tried adding Iceweasel from synaptic to see how it would work in place of Chromium. The desktop immediately crashed when I tried to open it from the menu. So I started again with live CD and added Firefox this time. Same thing, system crashes when trying to open from menu. I finally determined it was caused by my having changed the Enlightenment Theme from the theme list. No theme change, no problem with anything added from synaptic. So for the moment I'm waiting on any install to see if others are experiencing this too. I've never had a problem like this with other Linux distros (but I did have a crash problem with Makulu 3.0 earlier last year). Otherwise, love this beautiful mix.


which theme was it ?
Reply cactusneedle
5:33 PM on January 29, 2014 
raymerjacque says...
which theme was it ?


The dark PCLOS theme. I'm going to play around with the live CD again today and check some other themes. I think I also had the blue Dragon desktop opened at the time. Had to hard shut down my computer several times until I got tired and gave up.

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