The Enlightenment Window Manager was first released in 1997 by Carsten "Rasterman" Haitzler
Its release revolutionized the face of desktops on UNIX platforms and beyond, featuring a more graphically stimulating environment than ever previously seen on a conventional desktop. Since that time the window manager has been emulated and has driven the graphical appeal we see on desktops everywhere. In 2000, the latest major release occured with the release of DR16.0, a release that remains in heavy usage today. In 2003 Kim "kwo" Woelders took over management of the DR16 codebase and released DR16.6, improving opon the window manager and modernizing its dependencies, and even now the DR16 window manager has a long life ahead of itself, even after the release of DR17.
The Enlightenment DR16 Window Manager is a robust, flexible, highly configurable, graphically rich yet unobtrusive desktop environment for the X11 windowing system. It is fully themable and easily configured. There are a wide range of configuration options to suite any taste. DR16 provides an innovate way of managing applications found no where else, allowing for not only virtual desktops, but also multiple desktops (a separate set of virtual desktops). A unique snapshoting pager allows for easy management of application placement and even will zoom on mouse-over of a window in the pager for easily locating applications. Support exists for up to 32 multiple desktops, and virtual desktops up to 8x8 in size! (Thats 2048 possible desktops!) Standard options such as focus settings and autoraise are extremely configurable to fit your individual tastes. Several different types of move and resize effects exist, including Opaque, Technical, Box, Shaded, Semi-solid, and Translucent, depending on your preference and CPU requirements. "Remember" settings can be assigned to each window allowing it to be placed and configured just as you want on each startup of the window manager without having to edit any files. Windows can be individually configured to meet any desire, to change stacking payers, border styles, window size, grouping, tab skip, stickiness, and more. And EESH, the Enlightenment Shell, allows for complete remote control of the window manager and easy scripting.
The menu system is flexible, providing easy access to applications, theme selection, documentation, settings, and background selection. DR16 uniquely allows background selection to be done from the main menu system using thumbnailed views of the background providing a quick and easy way to change wallpaper. In addition, desktop "FX" exist that can add a unique flare, including a ripple effect at the base of your desktop.
A simple group of flat text files allow for easy editing of user application menus, including the ability to create hierarchical user menus to suite your various needs. At first startup DR16 will even scan for your KDE and GNOME menus to add an application menu for them.
Standard mouseless features such as tab switching exist, but we've built on even more than that. Virtual desktops can be navigated using the keyboard arrow keys and nearly anything including application launching can be keybound via e16bindings making DR16 an excellent choice for users who want a graphically rich environment that doesn't require constant intervention of the mouse.
A built-in help system called "eDox" provides an excellent resource for learning the wide variety of diffrent methods of interaction and configuration. Graphical Tool Tips can also be enabled to assist normal usage.
Enlightenment DR16 integrates well with both GNOME and KDE. Replace the default window managers for each with Enlightenment and you'll have the power to leverage the best of GNOME and KDE at the same time, while enjoying the superior windowing interface that Enlightenment provides.
EESH, the Enlightenment Shell, allows for complete remote control of the window manager and easy scripting.
Enlightenment DR16 is highly portable, with binaries available for or testing done on all Linux platforms, Solaris X86 and Sparc, HP-UX, AIX, IRIX, OpenBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OS/2 and more.
Enlightenment DR16's project manager is Kim "kwo" Woelders.