Moksha running under Sabayon

Moksha (theme: Moksha Radiance, wallpaper: 1366×768 calculate-dm 15) running under Sabayon

Moksha (pronounced: MOK-sha) is a free fork of Enlightenment 17 (E17), that is the default desktop environment of the lightweight Ubuntu (LTS) derivative, Bodhi Linux (BL). Its development began in 2015, when dissatisfied by the high resource usage and loss of features of the later Enlightenment releases, E18 and E19, Jeff Hoogland, the lead developer of Bodhi Linux, decided to fork E17 for BL.1 E19, for example, uses more RAM than LXDE even though E17 and Moksha use less RAM than LXDE and all other complete desktop environments that I am aware of (see Desktop environments and Sabayon for details). Its first stable release (version 0.1.0) was made on the 7th of August 2015.

While Moksha is pre-installed on later Bodhi Linux releases, it is not yet available as an official binary package, ebuild or PKGBUILD for any other Linux distribution, which means, of course, that if you wish to install it on other distributions you are left with really just one option: to compile it manually from source code and then install it yourself. Although, I have successfully made my own PKGBUILD for e_dbus-1.7.10 and moksha-0.1.0 and they can be found here. I have also (unsuccessfully) attempted to create an ebuild for Moksha, which can be found here, see it keeps giving me access violation errors related to /usr/bin/efreetd trying to create a directory /run/user/1000/.ecore. If you are interested in helping me fix this problem, feel free to email me at, or start a pull request at GitHub. Fortunately, Jeff Hoogland along with other members of the Bodhi Linux community, are more than willing to help users of other distributions install and then customize Moksha to their liking, they even have their own forum specifically for such questions.

This blog post will walk you through the process of installing Moksha, getting it ready for easy use, getting modules you want and otherwise customizing it to your liking.


The following script should install Moksha for you, simply copy it into a shell script called “” (the name does not really matter, you could alternatively download from my GitHub repository), make it executable (run user $  chmod +x and then run it with ./ This script is specifically designed to install Moksha on a freshly-installed Sabayon Spinbase machine, which is why its dependency-installing lines are so long. It is also worthwhile noting that this script uses the minimum of bandwidth to get the source code, because alternatively, if bandwidth is not a limitation, the wget lines (line #4-5) can be replaced with


of all the steps in this script, the running of ./ --prefix=/usr is probably the most likely to return errors, which are usually related to missing dependencies. If you get an error from this step, please take note of the error and when asking for support be sure to include it, as odds are it will tell you everything you need to know in order to overcome the error.


The settings menu

The settings menu

Several aspects of Moksha can be customized. Most such customization, must be done from graphical user interfaces (GUIs), as opposed to from the command-line or via editing text files. Customization options, accessible via a GUI can be found under the “Settings” section of the menu that appears on click-clicking the desktop or the start gadget.

Application Menus

Click Menu Settings

Select Menu Settings

Go to Settings→All→Input→Menu→Menu Settings to change your application menus.

Select your Menus. See for example I have selected my LXDE application menu

Select your application menu

Desktop Backgrounds

Click Picture

Click Picture to set a picture on your computer as your desktop background.

To change your desktop background go to Settings→Wallpaper, press “Picture” and choose a picture on your computer to be your wallpaper. If you have problems changing your desktop background, I recommend changing the permissions of ~/.e/e/backgrounds with:

user $  chmod 777 -R ~/.e/e/backgrounds

and trying again.

Keyboard Shortcuts

Click Key Bindings

Select “Key Bindings”

Go to Settings→All→Input→Key Bindings and select your key bindings in the window below. To create a new program launcher click “Add”, press what keys you want in the shortcut, then go to Launch→Command and type in what command launches the program. Then press “Apply”. For example, for qBittorrent, I use the Alt+Q keyboard shortcut. The command I use to launch it is qbittorrent %U.

Choose your Key Bindings

Select your key bindings


Click 'Load' to load a module and 'Unload' to unload it.

Choose which modules you load or unload.

There are several modules you can load under Moksha, which all add functionalities to Moksha. To choose which are loaded and which are not go to Settings→Modules, in order to open the window shown above. There are also several modules maintained by Jeff Hoogland that are specifically designed for Moksha. They are found in Hoogland’s moksha-modules-extra GitHub repository. To download them and install them all with the minimum of bandwidth used, I recommend you use this script:


Use this window to add or remove shelves from Moksha

You can add new shelves with this dialogue and delete existing ones. In order to customize existing shelves go to “Contents” or “Settings”.

In order to customize your shelves (which can look like task bars or docks, depending on how they are set up) go to Settings→Shelves.


To set your theme go to Settings->Theme and select your theme from the menu that appears.

To set your theme go to Settings→Theme and select your theme from the menu that appears.

One of the most important customization, in my opinion, is to install the theme you want. To add a new theme, I recommend you add the following to your ~/.bashrc script:
then run:

user $  source ~/.bashrc


user $  theme <THEME>

where <THEME> is the Moksha theme you want. To find a theme you want I advise you go here. After you have installed the theme, you still have to set it as your current theme. The default Moksha theme of Bodhi Linux is Moksha Radiance, to get install it run:

user $  theme MokshaRadiance

. You can also change the GTK+ and icon themes used by programs running under Moksha by going to Settings→All→Look→Application Theme.

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