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Enlightenment 0.18 Released With Many New Features

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Published on 22 December 2013 02:27 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Desktop
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Enlightenment 0.17 was released one year ago as of this weekend and now the developers behind this very compelling lightweight window manager have released Enlightenment DR 0.18, the next major release.

Given that Enlightenment 0.17 (E17) was under development for 12 years, it's great to see Enlightenment 0.18 coming out much faster: just one year later, as they planned for earlier this year.

Enlightenment 0.18 merges compositing into the core winow manager and makes compositing now a requirement. The compositing window manager is more stable than E17 and now has Wayland client support along with a new teamwork module.

Enlightenment DR 0.18 also has a new music-control module, bluez4 BLuetooth module, an AppMenu DBus module, and a conf_comp module for controlling compositor settings.

Making this annual Enlightenment update more exciting is also better systemd integration, the internal theme merged into Elementary, RandR and binding config domains have been split into separate files, and many file-manager improvements. Enlightenment's file manager improvements for version 0.18 include UDisks2 support, more accurate directory listings, and other improvements.

Enlightenment 0.18 all around should be much more feature-rich and more stable than the 0.17 release from last December.

More details and download links for the Enlightenment DR 0.18 release can be found via the official announcement at Enlightenment.org.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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