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When Enlightenment met Ubuntu

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on January 08, 2008 10:20 PM
I can't for the life of me understand how Enlightenment can be called a more stylish alternative to Gnome, KDE, fluxbox, or a lot of other desktop environments. I do however understand how you can call it "visually stunning" - It's so ugly it would make babies cry. Granted, Fluxbox isn't exactly stylish in its default look, but it can be customized to look extremely professional and clean. Every screenshot I have seen of Enlightenment reminds me of how programmers should never be in charge of designing the GUI. Just go to and choose gtk, then look at the top three themes. What do they all have in common? They're very clean, professional and generally stylish. Enlightenment looks like a creation from

Do not take me for a Windows fanboy who's just jealous/plain stupid. I've been using several Linux distributions for a number of years now. I think it's great that we all can choose what desktop environment we want to use. But to call Enlightenment one of the best looking DEs out there is simply an insult to everyone who knows the first thing about design.
Both me and my wife are fairly successful graphical designers working with both digital interfaces and illustrations/artwork. I'm afraid I will remain anonymous to avoid getting my email flooded with hate mail.
I respect that some people may want to use Enlightenment, and it may be a good DE for different reasons, but the design is not one of them.

And yes, I have tried it.


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