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DistroWatch.com: Elive


Last Update: 2017-11-16 01:03 UTC

Elive, or Enlightenment live CD, is a Debian-based desktop Linux distribution and live CD featuring the Enlightenment window manager. Besides being pre-configured and ready for daily desktop use, it also includes "Elpanel" - a control centre for easy system and desktop administration.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 77 (153), 6 months: 76 (144), 3 months: 70 (165), 4 weeks: 53 (259), 1 week: 24 (472)

Average visitor rating: 4.44/10 from 9 review(s).

Elive Summary
Distribution Elive
Home Page http://www.elivecd.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums http://forum.elivecd.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation --
Screenshots http://www.elivecd.org/screenshots/stable/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors http://www.elivecd.org/download/stable/LinuxTracker.org
Bug Tracker http://bugs.elivecd.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-09-01: Development Release: Elive 2.9.8 (Beta)
 • 2017-07-20: Development Release: Elive 2.9.5 (Beta)
 • 2017-03-10: Development Release: Elive 2.8.6 (Beta)
 • 2017-02-10: Development Release: Elive 2.8.0 (Beta)
 • 2016-09-07: Development Release: Elive 2.7.6 (Beta)
 • 2015-11-28: Development Release: Elive 2.6.12 (Beta)
 • 2015-09-04: Development Release: Elive 2.6.10 (Beta)
 • 2015-07-30: Development Release: Elive 2.6.8 (Beta)
 • 2015-06-04: Development Release: Elive 2.6.6 (Beta)
 • 2015-04-07: Development Release: Elive 2.6.2 (Beta)
 • 2015-02-28: Development Release: Elive 2.5.8 (Beta)
 • 2015-01-14: Development Release: Elive 2.5.2 (Beta)
 • More Elive releases...

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Feature 2.9.16 2.0 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Feature
Release Date 2017-11-15 2010-03-04 2007-07-05 2006-12-25 2006-09-24 2006-03-03 2005-08-30 2005-01-24 Release Date
End Of Life                 End Of Life
Price (US$) Free 15   Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 3000-3100               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO -- -- -- -- -- -- Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems                 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes en, es Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes cn, jp, tw cn, jp, tw -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 2.9.16 2.0 1.0 0.6   0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Full Package List
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Version: 2.9.14
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-11-12
Votes: 4

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.

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Version: 2.9.12
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-11-06
Votes: 4

Impressive OS.

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!

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Version: 2.9.8
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-09-28
Votes: 0

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.

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