Firstly, thank you for the Bodhi experience. I am new to Linux, and Bodhi is a great way into this new world for someone like me, wishing for the minimum of preinstalled applications - and wishing to explore the Enlightenment desktop.
My feedback is from the limited perspective of a new user.
I have had a go with E19 (not E17) - on Bodhi 3 x64 - and loved the iBar. I note the recent 'hot' discussion thread 'E17 vs E19 - Which are you using and why?' I am not in a position to evaluate on this - but I just did want to emphasise that the iBar in E19, for me, is impressive.
I also tried the KDE4 and Gnome3 desktops - although only really experimented somewhat with KDE (since my sense was I would need to install extensions to get Gnome3 to a worthwhile place). I couldn't really get icon placements reliably right on the KDE taskbar, or centered; otherwise KDE seems OK.
Operating system experience
Initially, just to enable an installation layout I wanted, I did do a lot of work at the command line with LVM/ext4. (I do remember that I needed to do a lot of stuff manually before using the expert, 'something else', installer because the Ubuntu installer wasn't LVM friendly - unless you did an install with the pre-configured Ubuntu LVM assumptions!).
Eventually, however, I decided against LVM and settled for Btrfs root, and a separate Btrfs home partition. Ubuntu however insists in its assumptions about snapshots that root and home, although in separate subvolumes, are on the same physical partition. (https://help.ubuntu....community/btrfs). One of the most annoying aspects of the Windows operating system, over the years, has been the user files and operating system on the same partition. When doing external image backups this is a real pain (unless one, manually, after installing Windows, moves the user files to a separate partition - so that only a smaller, independently kept operating system is backed up). Imagine my disappointment on seeing Ubuntu by default also pursuing this policy of having OS and user files together on the same partition.
To tell the truth I was getting disillusioned with Ubuntu. Some exploration for alternatives eventually took me to openSuse. Briefly, I was impressed. Opensuse has a coherent very flexible expert installer – and it has great support for btrfs (and snapshots) in its Yast2 Control Center.
[I am keen on self-managed snapshots since I will be a newbie to Linux for a while; already I find myself messing up – and it’s good to know that I can restore files/settings from root, or home, as needed. I have done this a couple of times already, in experimenting or testing scenarios. Also, Yast2 shows me clearly what files have changed when I do actions through btrfs snapshot comparisons; this will, I trust, enable me to get to know the linux filesystem better].
There is an Enlightenment portal for the latest opensuse 13.2; it uses E19; there is apparently someone at openSuse who is keen enough to align Enlightenment for openSuse, and vice versa - and even setup an openSuse Enlightenment Live CD/installer. For detailed instructions on how to use E19 one is, however, referred to the Bodhi site .
Bodhi has enabled me to make a journey. At present, meaning today, I am using SuseStudio to make my own Live/Instal CD image for a Gnome3 openSuse (around 450MB). I will, post installation, add Enlightenment . Then I will try out Gnome3 with extensions, and do a more extensive setup with Enlightenement.
For me it is important that I feel comfortable with the approach to the underlying OS, and its management. I am much more comfortable with openSuse for now than with Ubuntu. In fact, to be honest, I have gone off Ubuntu.
My interest in Enlightenment is long-term I think; so I have posted here. And I will keep an eye on the Bodhi forums to see how things evolve.
My family and I use Windows 7; I am determined that before Windows 10 takes over the world (which is the paradigm it is asserting) I should get ready to transfer our home system to an alternative OS and desktop.
I am grateful to Bodhi, and Enlightenment, for enabling me on this journey.