Why don't you download a LiveCD for a distro that uses E17 as the default desktop, and actually try it out without affecting anything on your HDD? Check out the Elive distro LiveCD (version 1.9.28 of Elive was released on 1 June), which you can download from here
(and you can watch a demo video on that page too).
N.B. To download the stable version of Elive the developer requests a donation, so look for the link on the download page to download the unstable version. Unstable in this context means the testing version, ie the arch is ~x86 instead of x86, so it's analogous to SL.
If it works well for you -- and it does for me -- then you could consider installing it in SL using the method given in the blog article E17 now available in Entropy
Music in that vid is great! (I really luv DnB hehe)
Vid itself is shite though, typical "look what we can do!" kinda demo, doesn't give me any idea of what it really looks like or what one can do with it.
Plus, I'm *not* gonna install anything of which even the makers themselves say it's still experimental!
And...I think I saw something on that site about...no 3D acceleration? No cube and such??
Anyway, it may be a lot of fun for you guys to mess around with it, with all your expertise and an average of 15 computers per person, but I have only *one* pc which really needs to work, and not enough skills or knowledge to repair things, not even in SL yet, let alone a completely unknown distro! Plus, it's Debian based, which tells me I'm gonna be at it for weeks trying to get a picture and some sound, which I'm not skilled enough to do yet.
Nah, sorry for the trouble lads, I'm sticking to KDE. 3.5, that is.
It's gonna be a clean install (no, NOT SL4.2 with KDE4, but the dvd I still have here, SL4 from just after Christmas), I will NOT update the installer, and I will NOT update the system anymore.
At least that way it'll all still work, at least, the MOST
important application for me: Amarok 1.4.
(Yes, in my book, without music, life is completely useless.)
I'll just have to wait with fucking around until I've got a 2nd pc to play with...
Thanks anyway guys!