Install Enlightenment on FreeBSD
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Enlightenment (usually referred to as e for short), is a free desktop environment for X and Wayland, which was brought to life in 1997 by Carsten Haitzler. The first version was a hack of the well-known window manager fvwm and was called fvwm-xpm (rasterans fvwm). Over the course of time, the number of components and the range of functions has grown so much that there is no longer a mere window manager, but a full-fledged desktop environment.
We can install Enlightenment with the following command.
$: doas pkg install enlightenment
After starting enlightenment for the first time, a configuration manager opens, which asks for a basic setting of the language, keyboard, size of the font and widgets used, as well as the activation / deactivation of the composite. These settings and the fine-tuning of all modules used can be changed at any time. Enlightenment is highly configurable and leaves nothing to be desired.
If we work without a login manager and start x with startx from the console, we have to create a .xinitrc in the home directory and enter the following there:
$: nano .xinitrc => exec enlightenment_start