I installed Enlightenment on my Linux Mint 17.2 Cinnamon. I thought it was just a Window Manager that I could switch to and use within Cinnamon. However, I found that I had to log out to my display manager and log in to Enlightenment. It presented me with what appeared to be a complete Desktop Environment. This brings me to the question: is Enlightenment a complete Desktop Environment or just a Windows Manager? Also, is it possible for me to use it to replace Muffin within Cinnamon? I doubt this is possible if Enlightenment is a complete DE.


Enlightenment is a Windows Manager but with additional features, however, Cinnamon does not currently have any sort of support for other Window Managers than Muffin (Cinnamons default one).

The reason you had to logout to use Enlightenment is not because it's "more than a Windows Manager". It's simply because it's not Cinnamon. So what you tried to do is to run two separate GUI environments on the same X server.

  • So how can I use Enlightenment without losing the capabilities of a full DE? – Rohan Jan 10 '16 at 18:32
  • What is a full DE? The border between the two can be vague, but I guess you mean something like Ubuntu/Windows/Mint. If Enlightenment's features isn't enough for you then try to find something you like. You should check out something like this wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Desktop_environment and try a few out until that sweet one appears to you. – roxto Jan 10 '16 at 18:36
  • I guess that answers my question! It lists in the link Enlightenment as one of the supported DE's for Arch. – Rohan Jan 10 '16 at 18:44

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