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Arch Linux tutorial: part 2, installing E17 windows manager

This is part 2 of tutorial,in which I will show how to set up E17 desktop in Arch.

First login to your root account:

# root

Now type this in terminal, it will download lots of packages, which are needed for most windows managers, since they work on top of XORG, and it has lots of drivers included, you might not need all, but it is better to have more, then by missing some, for me it downloaded 106 packages, 45.63 Mib for download, and 107.60 Mib install:

 pacman -S xorg-xinit xorg

After this part is done, enter this command, it will download some fonts, you must download these if you want to use E17 windows manager, because if you don’t, then instead of letters you will see some dots and lines, or very small font, which will by unreadable:

 pacman -S ttf-dejavu ttf-bitstream-vera

Now let’s begin installing E17 packages, type command which is bellow. You will by offered to install aditional packages e-modules-extra-svn emprint-svn, hit enter, to install them. In total there were 83 packages, for download 38.61 Mib, and after install 215.52 MiB.
Hit “Y” to contiune:

 pacman -S e-svn e17-extra-svn

You are almost there for very base of E17 desktop. Now with terminal commands go to /home/Your_UserName:

 cd ..
cd ..
cd ..
cd home
cd Your_UserName
nano .xinitrc

Now type this, it will allow to execute e17 manager easy, ck-launch-session, should (for some reason it did not worked firstly, then tried xfce4, on top of E17, and then switched back to E17,  I guess we need some extra package, you should google for it, firstly I thought it was consolekit, but it was installed) allow to use other partitions:

exec ck-launch-session enlightenment_start

Click CTRL+X then click Y and hit Enter

If you done all correctly, write this, to exit root account:


Login to normal user account


Start windows manager:


E17 windows manager should start and that is all. There is still much to be done:

login manager – suggest SLIM, easy to install, and quite nice
network manager – suggest you to use wicd, it might by not the best choice, but easiest to install and configure.
sound drivers – alsa-utils if you want to hear something.

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