Equinox Desktop Environment
(EDE) is a lightweight alternative to GNOME and KDE that
aims to be used on embedded systems and older desktop machines.
Equinox shares the lightweight desktop environment space with
The project has been around since at least 2005
and the code is licensed under the GPLv2.
Equinox is built on top of
FLTK, the Fast Light ToolKit
and follows the
The EDE FAQ
mentions that EDE had been using the eFLTK fork of the never-released
FLTK 2.0, and has since switched back to using the stable FLTK 1.x series.
EDE (Equinox Desktop Environment) is simple and fast desktop environment with familiar look and feel. EDE uses FLTK toolkit for GUI presentation and UNIX philosophy for it's design.
With UNIX philosophy, EDE splits each component in separate executable entity that do one job and do it good. This makes EDE very easy to alter on user needs or requirements.
EDE is light and fast. It uses C++ carefully yielding fast startup, low memory usage and great portability. Also, we care not only about how EDE runs, but how much time is needed to compile it.
This facts makes EDE a perfect desktop environment for older computers and embedded devices. But, you can use it on your everyday hardware too.
Digging through the project's news
listings shows that EDE has been ported to the
Mandriva, Ubuntu, and STX live CD Linux distributions and also
OpenBSD and Minix 3. EDE also runs on sXb, a Slackware distribution
for the Xbox platform.
give a look at various versions of EDE on a number of platforms.
Recent Changes document shows that all of the current work
is being performed by developer Sanel Zukan.
Version 2.0 Beta of EDE was
announced on October 8, 2009.
The release has been coming for around three years.
Change Log has an overview of what's new:
"EDE 2.0 Beta is the latest release of EDE desktop. This release brings a lot of improvements and introduces some new cool features and programs. Please note how this release is still a beta, going toward brand new and redesigned 2.0 release."
The release announcement also sheds some light on the structure of EDE, with
the following components undergoing improvements:
the EDE Library, Panel, Desktop, Dialog Helper, Bug Report Tool,
Crash Handler, Mount notifier and Launcher.
Whether the Linux world needs another lightweight Linux desktop
environment remains to be seen. The project's success will likely
remain tied to the efforts of its main developer, and its adoption
into widely-used Linux distributions and embedded projects.
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