Unfortunately, yes - it really does segfault so often that improving the behaviour during crashing is a Big Deal.
I tried running E17 (Debian jessie packages) for about a month but I eventually got fed up with the general buginess and missing features that I consider to be important. I switched to GNOME flashback a few days ago... it has a number of really frustrating bugs but in my view it is still way more usable than E17.
Here are my thoughts on E17:
- Great eyecandy
- Highly tweakable
- I don't like the way that virtual desktops work in E17 with multi-monitor configurations (each viewport switches independently) and there's no way to change it because Rasterman has decreed that the "E17 way" is the "right way"
- Many gadgets seem rudimentary in comparison with the GNOME/KDE equivalents and are missing specific functionality that I rely on:
- Calendar has no way of showing calendar weeks
- There appears to be no way to set up multiple locations in order to see the local times in other timezones with a single glance
- Average time between crashes was about 2 days
- E17 caused Xorg to suck up about 50% of one CPU at all times (i7-2760QM CPU @ 2.40GHz) and would often climb as high as 95%