Reader supplied reviews for Elive
4.4from 9 review(s)
Please specify which version of the distribtion you are reviewing.
Please selecting a rating in the range of 1-10.
Please write at least one sentence about the distribution while limiting your review to 2040 characters.
What a surprise, not what I was expecting. This systemV Debian based Distro, with enlightenment DE, punches above it's weight. Considering this is a 1 man band Distro. I've tested this both in live mode & Installed as bare metal on my laptop, Sony I5-2340M with dual Gpu intel Hd3000 & Radeon whistler 6630 series.
Easy auto install options. With just about every application, a regular desktop user requires. Even Wine & VM are there. Enlightenment uses virtually no resources, the min PC requirements are "256 MB of RAM and 500 Mhz CPU". This can be run as liveOs, or persistent-USB installation, as I stated I installed as a bare metal Os. Very easy to install with easy prompted auto config options.
As Linux is "Free open Source", This Os has legacy, current & beta option. Beta can be installed or used live for free. Current maybe used as a live distro for free. If you chose to install to disk, then you must make a donation. Even installing the beta you are prompted to make a donation via the browser(private window). It may take 4-5 minutes before the browser moves on from the donation page & download the small installer app. After the download completes, it takes about 5 Min to complete the install.
This distro is well worth the effort to install, I really like it & will continue testing. The older kernel in use is 3.16.93 obviously so that it can run smoothly on older machines. A lot of kudos to the developer.
Hope this was helpful, Thanks for reading.
1. runs great live. Tested live on my Dell Optiplex gx260 2.0GHz with 2.0GB ram and nvidia card and Dell Dimension 4700 3.2GHz with 3.0GB ram and amd radeon card. Works great on both pcs.
2. Booted from grub2 easily
3. Loaded with software - office, games, vbox, several browsers, torrent app.
4. Quite responsive and lively desktop. I actually like their desktop and their use of enlightenment.
5. multitasking very well and stable. On desktop 1, I'm downloading an ISO off the web; on desktop 2, I'm running an ISO in virtualbox and on desktop 3, I'm doing this review at the moment on distrowatch.
6. I recommend
Great job thus far Elive Team!
Based this on the live USB beta 2.9.10. I always had a thing for Enlightenment and from what I've seen so far this looks very good.
Sad about the not-so-free key thing but they do have a solution on their web-page.
On my older computer things run very smoothly, and the design is fantastic.
Could get some getting use to though.
Interested to see what's in the future in the 3.0.
See all 9 reader reviews of Elive...