EDE (desktop environment)

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EDE (Equinox Desktop Environment)
Equinox Desktop Environment 1.x
Equinox Desktop Environment 1.x
Developer(s)Sanel Zukan, Vedran Ljubovic, Martin Pekar (retired), Mikko Lähteenmäki (retired), Dejan Lekic (retired), Szasz Pal (retired)
Initial release1.0 / 6 January 2003; 17 years ago (2003-01-06)
Stable release
2.1 / 21 June 2014; 6 years ago (2014-06-21)
Written inC++ (FLTK)
Operating systemUnix-like
TypeDesktop environment
LicenseGPL (EDE) and
LGPL (edelib)[1]

EDE (Equinox Desktop Environment) is a lightweight desktop environment with an appearance somewhat reminiscent of the Windows 9x graphical user interface. It is meant to be simple and fast. Previous 1.x versions were based on a modified version of FLTK called eFLTK, while later versions are based on pure FLTK 1.x.[1]


Equinox (later renamed to the "Equinox Desktop Environment") is an open-source, X Window System desktop project that started in 2000 by Martin Pekar, with help of others, most notably Mikko Lähteenmäki who wrote the (original) EDELIB, Dejan Lekic, and Szasz Pal. The original EDE GNU Savannah project is still available for visitors who want to look at the early source code. In September 2002 the project moved to SourceForge[2] mainly because SourceForge offered Subversion as VCS and had compile-farms so they could test FLTK on different platforms. Soon after the project was moved to SourceForge, Sanel Zukan joined the project, and few years after, Vedran Ljubović. All former authors except Sanel and Vedran left the team due to the lack of interest. Today[when?], Sanel and Vedran are major driving force of the project.

EDE 2[edit]

In EDE 2, eFLTK has been replaced with FLTK 1.x and EDE's own library, edelib (have nothing in common with EDELIB, the first library EDE used when the project was started).[3] edelib contains functionality for creating a window, saving program configuration, communicating via D-Bus, loading icon themes, etc.[4] EDE 2 follows FreeDesktop.org guidelines.[3]


The Equinox Desktop Environment is not as common in Linux distributions as other desktop environments such as KDE, GNOME, and Xfce.

EDE is available as an optional package in MINIX 3[5] and is in the Mandriva Linux medias since its version 2009.0.

EDE² packages are available for Arch Linux.[6]

EDE Packages are available for Slackware via Slackbuilds.org[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "About EDE project". Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  2. ^ "Migration to SourceForge". Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b "EDE news archive". Retrieved 20 May 2012.
  4. ^ "edelib development HowTo". Archived from the original on 5 January 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2008.
  5. ^ "Minix 3 Window Managers". Archived from the original on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 3 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Arch Linux packages available". Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  7. ^ "EDE Slackbuild". Retrieved 26 November 2013.

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