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How to Install Enlightenment 0.26.0 (E26) in Ubuntu 22.04 | 20.04

This simple tutorial shows how to install the last Enlightenment desktop 0.26.0 in Ubuntu 22.04, Ubuntu 20.04, and Ubuntu 23.10 via PPA.

Enlightenment announced 0.26.0 release almost a month ago. There’s however no easy way to install it in Ubuntu, besides building from the source.

To make life easier, I’ve built the package into this unofficial PPA. So, you can easily try it out in Ubuntu 20.04, Ubuntu 22.04, and/or Ubuntu 23.10.

Changes in Enlightenment 0.26.0 include:

  • Add DDC option to backlight settings (for external monitor)
  • Bigger task previews
  • Add watermark to wl mode
  • Support new eet disk sync API to ensure config it stored
  • Support action desktop files in EFM to add file actions
  • Add org.freedesktop.ScreenSaver inhibit support
  • See the official release note for more.

How to Install Enlightenment 0.26.0 (E26) via PPA

The packages in PPA are backported from Debian Unstable and Ubuntu 24.04 (both built with same rules). The only change is disable jpeg-xl support since the dependency library is not available in current system repository.

And, the PPA and package are named ‘e17‘, because it’s in use in Debian and Ubuntu system repository.

1. First, press Ctrl+Alt+T on keyboard to open terminal. When terminal opens, run command to add the PPA:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/e17

Type user password (no asterisk feedback) when it asks and hit Enter to continue.

2. Linux Mint user needs to manually refresh system package cache, though it done automatically while adding PPA in Ubuntu since 20.04.

sudo apt update

3. Finally, either install E26 by running command:

sudo apt install enlightenment

Or, just upgrade all the packages if you have old E23 or E25 installed:

sudo apt upgrade

When done successfully installed the packages, log out and select back in with “Enlightenment” session.

Uninstall Enlightenment

If you want to downgrade Enlightenment to the stock version in system repository, run command to purge the PPA:

sudo apt install ppa-purge && sudo ppa-purge ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/e17

To completely uninstall the desktop packages, open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run command:

sudo apt remove --autoremove enlightenment-data libeina1a libelementary-data

Also remove the Ubuntu PPA by running command:

sudo add-apt-repository --remove ppa:ubuntuhandbook1/e17



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