Over the last few months I've been living, quite happily, with GNOME Shell as the Desktop Environment on my Linux machines. Then, recently, I gave Enlightenment another try. I was blown away by how impressive it was (and, more importantly, how interesting it was).\n\n\nAm I missing out on something amazing by not using one of the other Desktop Environments out there? Sure, I've tried pretty much all of them \u2013 some extensively, others I've installed and abandoned just as quickly \u2013 but I just can't shake the feeling that there's an environment just over that next hill that will make my desktop experience that much more awesome.\n\n\nBecause of this \u2013 and, also, because it just sounds like fun \u2013 I've decided to live, full time, in a new Linux Desktop Environment every week... until I've either tried them all or died from starvation. (Pro Tip: remember to eat when test driving new Desktop Environments.)\n\n\nEach week I will be writing up my experiences with that week\u2019s environment. There's no structure to it. No final verdict. No score system. Just me writing up my personal experience and thoughts.\n\n\nTo kick things off I'm going to talk about my last week with Enlightenment \u2013 specifically E17. (It should be noted that E18 is in development but I chose to go with the latest stable major release \u2013 E17. I may go with E18 in the future.)\n\n\nFor my testing of E17, I used openSUSE 13.1 and chose to use the upstream branding packages (meaning no openSUSE-themed stuff... I am getting E17 the way the Enlightenment folks intended it). But, the reality is, your experience should be the same regardless of which Linux Distro you choose. I went with openSUSE purely because it is what I typically use. Debian, Fedora and the like should all work just as well.\n\n\nMy initial impression of E17 was that it was gorgeous. It\u2019s simply a stunning-looking environment, which is saying something considering I was coming directly from GNOME Shell, which is another beautiful environment.\n\n\nAnd it\u2019s fast. Oddly fast. E17 performed with a peppiness normally associated with the lightest of lightweight desktops. To say I was impressed with E17 would be like saying astronauts flying through space and walking on the moon is \u201ckinda neat, I guess.\u201d\n\n\nBut, after a full week of living (every single moment) in Enlightenment, some rough edges were found.\n\n\nFirst and foremost - resizing windows is a pain in the butt. By default, windows can only be resized using an incredibly small re-size region at the bottom right corner. The area you can click in to resize a window is so maddeningly small that I damn near hurled this laptop through a window.\n\n\nIt turns out this functionality is handled by each individual theme. Which is... actually a fairly cool approach. The customizability of each E17 theme allows you have an astoundingly unique experience per theme.\n\n\nAll of this means that this functionality is, supposedly, changeable by modifying the theme I was using. I had no luck with this. I spent a few hours tinkering with modifying themes before I gave up and simply found a theme that allowed me to resize windows by clicking and dragging at the window edges. This kept me from committing computer-cide.\n\n\nBack on the positive side of things, I am a big fan of being able to click on an empty area of the desktop and get global system menu (with shortcuts to settings as well as an application launcher menu). This is something I got used to in the \u201cgood old days\u201d and I really enjoy having that functionality here.\n\n\nThe default terminal application, Terminology, is so much fun to use. It is, hands down, the best looking terminal I've ever seen. Luckily, it runs on other desktop environments too. I think Terminology is going to get loaded on my systems even when I don't use Enlightenment.\n\n\nI should also note that I'm testing this out on a laptop with a touchscreen. And, much to my surprise, E17 worked amazingly well using touch as input. I'm not sure why I was so surprised by this, mind you. I simply never thought of Enlightenment as a \u201ctouch-friendly\u201d sort of environment. But to be honest, I found most of E17 to be quite usable just by jabbing at the screen with my finger.\n\n\nThe end result of my testing is that I kind of want a tablet running Enlightenment.\n\n\nAs my week with E17 draws to a close, I find myself not really wanting to leave it behind. It provides a truly fun, nerdy, flexible and beautiful experience. But journey onward to the next environment I must!\n\n\nNext up: Awesome. By the time you'll be reading this I will have left the bling-filled world of E17 behind and embraced the stark, no-nonsense world of Awesome. How will it go? I'll let you know next week.