The Enlightenment desktop window manager that has been in development for over 12 years has finally been officially released! This desktop that started with the old Enlightenment E16 and the even older E15 desktop is a window manager that aims to provide eye candy on the desktop whilst being light on resources and a desktop that will not interfere with your workflow. I have used the Enlightenment E16 desktop before and it is quite a worthy desktop environment with nice sound effects and the lovely themes that are available for the Enlightenment desktop. The E17 version does not have the classic HR Giger Aliens theme; but there are others like the Elive theme and others that are well worth using on the desktop. This desktop environment is already available for Ubuntu and Linux Mint but I will wait and see how long it takes for the release version to be available for Linux Mint 14.
Head on over to the Enlightenment website and have a look at the release announcement for yourself. The Enlightenment build tarballs are here: http://enlightenment.org/p.php?p=download&l=en. There are quite a few of them and it might be better to wait until this is packaged for the major Linux distributions before you try it out. But this is a milestone release and it is about time. I just wish they could bring back the old Aliens theme and get it working with the E17 release; that would be awesome. I mean look at the window title; it has an alien on it and he is lounging on top of the options dialog window. That is very cool indeed.