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Elive


Last Update: 2023-06-02 10:56 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: 112 (97), 6 months: 165 (60), 3 months: 153 (57), 4 weeks: 117 (82), 1 week: 104 (86)

Average visitor rating: 7.09/10 from 11 review(s).


Elive Summary
Distribution Elive
Home Page https://www.elivecd.org/
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 • 2022-07-08: Development Release: Elive 3.8.30 (Beta)
 • 2022-04-07: Development Release: Elive 3.8.27 (Beta)
 • 2021-10-29: Development Release: Elive 3.8.24 (Beta)
 • 2021-08-12: Development Release: Elive 3.8.22 (Beta)
 • 2021-05-19: Development Release: Elive 3.8.20 (Beta)
 • 2021-01-07: Development Release: Elive 3.8.18 (Beta)
 • 2020-09-11: Development Release: Elive 3.8.16 (Beta)
 • 2021-05-19: Development Release: Elive 3.8.20 (Beta)
 • 2020-02-17: Development Release: Elive 3.8.4 (Beta)
 • 2019-12-08: Development Release: Elive 3.8.1 (Beta)
 • 2019-10-07: Development Release: Elive 3.7.14 (Alpha)
 • 2019-04-29: Distribution Release: Elive 3.0.4
 • More Elive releases...

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Feature 3.8.32 3.0.4 2.0 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Feature
Release Date 2023-06-02 2019-04-28 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$) Free Free (i386 only) 15   Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 2800-2900 3100-3300               Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO -- -- -- -- -- -- Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical -- -- Installation
Default Desktop Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Enlightenment Default Desktop
Package Management DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB DEB Package Management
Release Model Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice GOffice GOffice GOffice OO.o OO.o OO.o OO.o Office Suite
Processor Architecture i386, x86_64 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems                   Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes en, es Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes cn, jp, tw cn, jp, tw -- Asian Language Support
Full Package List 3.8.32 3.0.4 2.0 1.0 0.6   0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Full Package List
Package 3.8.32 3.0.4 2.0 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Package
abiword (3.0.5) -- -- 2.6.4 2.4.6 2.4.6 -- -- -- 2.2.2 abiword (3.0.5)
alsa-lib (1.2.9) 1.2.4 1.0.25 1.0.16 1.0.13 1.0.13 1.0.11 1.0.10 1.0.9 1.0.7 alsa-lib (1.2.9)
amdgpu (23.0.0) 19.1.0 -- 8.12 -- -- -- -- -- -- amdgpu (23.0.0)
bash (5.2.15) 5.1 4.2 3.2 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.1 3.0 2.05b bash (5.2.15)
bind (9.18.15) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- bind (9.18.15)
chromium (114.0.5735.106) 113.0.5672.126 48.0.2564.116 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- chromium (114.0.5735.106)
cups (2.4.4) 2.3.3 1.5.3 1.3.8 1.2.7 1.2.7 1.2.2 1.1.23 1.1.23 1.1.20 cups (2.4.4)
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.1 4.2.2 3.1.1 2.0pl5 2.0pl5 2.0pl5 2.0pl5 2.0pl5 3.0.1rc13 dhcp (4.4.3-P1)
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.46.6 1.42.5 1.41.3 1.39 1.39 1.39 1.38 1.37 1.35 e2fsprogs (1.47.0)
firefox (114.0.1) -- 52.8.0 3.0.6 2.0.0.3 1.5.0.7 1.5.0.6 1.0.7 1.0.4 -- firefox (114.0.1)
freetype (2.13.0) 2.10.4 2.4.9 2.3.7 2.2.1 2.2.1 2.2.1 2.1.7 2.1.7 2.1.7 freetype (2.13.0)
gcc (13.1.0) 10.2.1 4.7.2 -- 4.1.1 4.1.1 4.1.1 4.0.2 4.0.1 3.3.5 gcc (13.1.0)
gimp (2.10.34) 2.10.22 2.8.2 2.4.7 2.2.13 2.2.13 2.2.13 2.2.10 2.2.7 2.2.1 gimp (2.10.34)
glibc (2.37) 2.31 2.13 2.7 2.3.6 2.3.6 2.3.6 2.3.5 2.3.2 2.3.2 glibc (2.37)
gnome-shell (44.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnome-shell (44.2)
gnucash (5.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- gnucash (5.1)
gnumeric (1.12.55) -- -- 1.8.3 1.6.3 1.6.3 -- -- -- -- gnumeric (1.12.55)
grub (2.06) 2.06 1.99 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.94 grub (2.06)
gtk (4.10.4) 3.24.24 3.4.2 2.12.12 2.8.20 2.8.20 2.8.20 2.6.10 2.6.8 2.4.14 gtk (4.10.4)
httpd (2.4.57) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- httpd (2.4.57)
inkscape (1.2.2) 1.2.2 0.48.3.1 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- inkscape (1.2.2)
k3b (23.04.2) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- k3b (23.04.2)
kmod (30) 28 9 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- kmod (30)
krita (5.1.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- krita (5.1.5)
libreoffice (7.5.4) 7.4.5 4.3.3 -- -- -- 2.0.3 2.0.0 1.9.125 1.1.3 libreoffice (7.5.4)
linux (6.3.7) 6.1.20 3.16.39 2.6.30.9 2.6.18 2.6.15.7 2.6.15 2.6.11 2.6.11 2.4.26 linux (6.3.7)
Package 3.8.32 3.0.4 2.0 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Package
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- lxpanel (0.10.1)
mariadb (11.1.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mariadb (11.1.1)
mate-desktop (1.26.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mate-desktop (1.26.1)
mesa (23.1.2) 20.3.5 8.0.5 7.0.3 6.5.1 6.5.1 -- 6.8.2 4.3.0 4.3.0 mesa (23.1.2)
mysql (8.0.33) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- mysql (8.0.33)
nautilus (44.2.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- nautilus (44.2.1)
NVIDIA (530.41.03) -- 340.102 185.18.14 1.0-8776 -- -- -- -- -- NVIDIA (530.41.03)
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openbox (3.6.1)
openjdk (20.0.1) -- 7u171 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- openjdk (20.0.1)
openssh (9.3p1) 8.4p1 6.0p1 5.1p1 4.3p2 4.3p2 4.3p2 4.2p1 3.8.1p1 3.8p1 openssh (9.3p1)
openssl (3.1.1) 1.1.1n 1.0.1t 0.9.8g 0.9.8c 0.9.8c 0.9.8b 0.9.8a 0.9.7e 0.9.7d openssl (3.1.1)
perl (5.36.1) 5.32.1 5.14.2 5.10.0 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.8 5.8.7 5.8.7 5.8.4 perl (5.36.1)
php (8.2.7) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- php (8.2.7)
plasma-desktop (5.27.5) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- plasma-desktop (5.27.5)
postfix (3.8.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postfix (3.8.1)
postgresql (15.3) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- postgresql (15.3)
Python (3.11.4) 3.9.2 2.7.3 2.5.2 2.4.4 2.4.3 2.4.3 2.3.5 2.3.5 2.3.3 Python (3.11.4)
qt (6.5.1) 5.15.2 4.8.2 4.4.3 3.3.7 3.3.7 3.3.6 3.3.5 3.3.4 3.3.3 qt (6.5.1)
samba (4.18.3) 4.17.8 3.6.6 3.2.5 3.0.24 3.0.23d 3.0.23c -- -- -- samba (4.18.3)
systemd (253.5) 252.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- systemd (253.5)
thunderbird (102.12.0) -- 52.8.0 -- 1.5.0.10 1.5.0.7 1.5.0.5 -- -- -- thunderbird (102.12.0)
vim (9.0) 8.2 7.3 7.1 7.0 7.0 7.0 6.4 6.3 6.2 vim (9.0)
vlc (3.0.18) 3.0.18 2.0.6 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- vlc (3.0.18)
wayland (1.22.0) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- wayland (1.22.0)
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- xfdesktop (4.18.1)
xorg-server (21.1.8) 1.20.11 1.12.4 1.4.2 1.1.1 1.1.1 1.0.2 (6.8.2) -- -- xorg-server (21.1.8)

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Version: 3.0.4
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-03-19
Votes: 4




I once put Elive on an old Dell B130. Great old 32bit computer.
Elive ran so well on an old Celeron single core and IDE drive. In fact ran about as fast as any modern computer once booted up. Can't remember how much ram it had though

Especially enjoyed the enlightenment desktop with mac like dock. I wouldn't mind trying the 64 bit version someday with perhaps a spinning sata or even an ssd. It has been a few or more years since I had that old Dell.

Pros-
Very lightweight Distro.
Very attractive desktop (to me)
Very fast on old hardware
A very different distro (coming from a distro hopper that often returned to Linux Mint)

Cons-

It was at first a steep learning curve to use a distro that wasn't friendly to a windows user.
Once you get used to where everything is it's not so bad
Other reviewers state that it's (wheezy) extremely old, but if you like tinkering with old hardware and it's not a daily driver you can have a repurposed computer that will bring life to old hardware and would be less e-waste in a landfill.


I really like this distro. I don't care much about gaming, To me it is a "tinkerer's dream. It looks like a lot of work went into this distro. i don't know why there are some old posted negative comments of how bad it looks etc... I for one also like to stray from the norm. i am a current windows and a mac user using current OS'es on unsupported hardware. One day I'd like for a dedicated Linux laptop and this distro keeps coming to mind


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Version: 3.8.30
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-01-22
Votes: 5


This is a great distro. Keep in mind the stable version is extremely old (Debian Wheezy) and is no longer updated. Try the Beta version - it looks retro but quite nice at the same time. (Despite the name, the beta version is extremely stable, but a retro desktop environment is used temporarily while under-the-hood changes are made.)

PROS:
- Great configuration
- Friendly support (disclaimer: I am a forum moderator)
- Unique (how many distros use Enlightenment? I can only name one other)
- Doesn't sell your data

CONS:
- Not enterprise-level support
- The interface isn't for everyone

The downloads are sometimes slow, but if you're having trouble hop onto the forum. While the 64-bit version _does_ require you to either donate, write a review, or participate in the forum to download, the 32-bit beta still works flawlessly.

I highly recommend this distro except for gaming. While gaming is possible, it is not designed with it in mind (at least at the moment) since the developer doesn't really game. Which is another disadvantage: there's only one developer and occasional volunteers.

All in all, solid distro!


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Version: 3.8.30
Rating: 7
Date: 2022-07-11
Votes: 7


It's a good distro, it works well and it's solid because it has an old Debian base.
Pros:
-uses the desktop Enlightment , which hardly anyone uses anymore. It gives it a retro look and is different from the rest of the distros (I'm already sick of kde). Enligthemnt is heavily modified and looks somewhat more modern.
-I have used a 64-bit beta version (3.8.26) and I am surprised how well it works, without errors, it comes with many programs and codecs pre-installed.
-Its installer is "peculiar" and very reminiscent of the Bluestar distro based on arch.
-it has 32 bits version.
Cons:
-Its website is irritating, where they shamelessly ask you for money all the time, especially for the 64-bit version. It doesn't seem to me that the distro has enough quality or novelty to be asking for money. This fact makes me lower the rating. I remember a distro called Modicia Os: first was free, after was $, and now it has come free again in his basic version.
-their versions come out every so often, mine is based on Debian 10 and everything is old, but it works very well for my old PC. It is not oriented to a modern pc.
-it is not possible to make change on themes, when you reboot, it comes again withe the original theme. It is not ugly, but it funny to customizate your distro (if you want alwaaaaaaays the same, take Windows or imac Os).


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