Or you could just pull it from svn, where as rasterman puts it (and I'll have to paraphrase a little): e17 svn is more stable than many other projects' releases.
Yes, i agree, is more stable than most software releases (KDE 4.0, i am looking at you). I've been following this project since the e17 004 version (the one with the weird bling theme). But the fact is: is not finished, you can feel it when you use it, it needs a lot of polishing.
The EFL libraries are ready, so e17 should be top priority right now. I hope gets ready this year at least because i love this piece of C software. E17 demostrates what can be done in C without trying "objectifying" itself , like gtk does.