I liked E16 too, especially when combined with rox to make a desktop shell environment. Comparing E16 and E17 is kind of hard to put in perspective, but I will say this: After compiling E17 and configuring the options, E17 really rocks. There are things you can do with E17 that couldn't be duplicated in E16. All I can say is, just give it a try.
Gotcha, looks like it's coded by rasterman (IIRC he "is" Enlightenment) initially and all that, heavily tied to Enlightenment. Even though the dependencies look do-able I think I'll just skip the work of trying to make it run on Fedora.
Looks like you're having a ball with e17. I changed the wallpaper recently on mine. Configured it so that it's also on the login screen (entrance), as well as the lock screen. Not too hard to figure out except for the entrance screen.