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Old 06-28-2014, 05:22 AM   #1
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What is a "shell semi environment"?

I was recently reading a Wikipedia page about the Enlightenment desktop environment for Linux and it was comparing it to other desktop environments and listed it as a "shell semi environment". It was basically implying that it is not a full desktop environment like Gnome, KDE, XFCE or LXDE nor a tiling manager such as Awesome, i3 nor a stacking window manager like Openbox, Fluxbox or IceWM. If it is none of these things, what exactly is it? What exaclty is a "shell semi environment", I have never heard of such a thing.

Also, are there any others or is Enlightenment the only one?

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Old 06-28-2014, 06:10 AM   #2
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I haven't heard that term, either. It might be interesting to know where exactly you read it, because it doesn't feature on this wiki page.
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Scroll down not quite half way here and you will see it under a title heading in a listing.
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I am not so sure on the term but I would conpare it to icewm with just a bit more. Its like fluxbox but with some elements of a window manager.
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I looked at punchy71's link and it looks as if whoever wrote that page came with with a category just for Enlightenment. Frankly, I find myself wondering why E was singled out for that honor.

Enlightenment comes by default with its own library of widgets (called "gadgets" in Enlightenment-ese) and GUI tools are provided for configuring it; that is enough for me to call it a desktop environment.

Just my two cents.

Full Disclosure: I really like E and its high-level of configurability; I'm using it as my default desktop on Mint and Slackware.


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