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5.9from 19 review(s)
I am retired computer engineer from Uganda now home out of Germany. Recently retire now working to redo old computers to underprivilege people with charity group. So I have many computer to try many Linux on to get best to work and make present to.
My test of Elive not so good.
First, many step to get free download to trial, must register, must wait for link send, must read e-mail. Why is this one? What make Elive special? No other Linux make you do this way. Make sense if Elive much better than other Linux but this not so case.
Second. not install on many computer, install some but raid error on many different computer. Other Debian Linux not have raid error like be Elive. Follow error must be Elive.
Three. Not always run, many reboot. Elive just stop working.
Four. Ask for money many time. Why not just hope donation like other Linux? We charity so not good.
On the good.
First. Old look desktop good for old computer so work for purpose I do with the charity.
Second. Pretty for old type look.
Third. Easy to set wifi. Good for people who no get computer idea.
So this my review.Not so much this good Linux. Not run many computer type. Wen run m any stop working. Reboot many time. When work it nice but not work many of the time. Many better Linux for old computer work best better than Elive. Okay to trial but not good for use.
I have used Elive for months, and have installed it several times over the years. I think I know the distro and its potential well.My review is about Elive Retrowave (version 3.8.32)
-It is stable (very stable), it has its own tools (such as the installer), it is designed for newbies coming from windows and the user account is preformed.The fact of having E16 well configured gives it a retro and original touch, I'm already tired of kde plasma. When I started on Linux, many distros had retro desktops (Antix, Mabox, etc). Nowadays it all boils down to kde plasma and gnome.
-It is not a Debian derivative with two new wallpapers. It is a distro with a lot of work behind it, and it shows.
--comes with persistence and persistence works great. It can be used on USB without problems (a new USB, if the distro is used it runs slow).
-For someone who has been using Linux for years, it is a bit "invasive": the installer is, the terminal opens as root most of the time by default, it has not Synaptic installed, the developer asks for money.I have not been able to test version 3.8.34 because they ask for money: for me Linux is a community that grows because it shares freely and believes in a better world. Asking for money reminds me of Window$ or Apple$
-It is stable because the "new" version (even 3.8.34) comes with Debian 11 and E16...I don't know if it's a bit daring to ask for money for a distro that comes outdated, or to announce version 3.8.34 as "new" when it comes with Debian 11. I don't know if instead of making a Retrowave distro it would be worth trying new things: a free Debian Testing version, for example .If you install something that comes with Debian 11, a year from now it will be very outdated.I'm not sure Steam works well with E16 (I haven't tested it). I did do it on Bodhi Linux, with a modified Enlightment, and it doesn't work right.
-It is not oriented to new hardware: in my ideaflex 5 lenovo it does not recognize the sound card, nor does it rotate the screen in tablet mode, or anything at all. In my ideacentre 5 lenovo everything works.
I think it's a good distro for older hardware, that it's well made and that there's work behind it. I encourage the developer/developers to release a free version based on Debian Testing.
As other reviewers mentioned raid45 error on installation. This is a known, recurring error wit this distro and you can find work arounds - note, it is not novice stuff. I tested Elive for 2 weeks and it frequently froze when browsing or using a spreadsheet and requiring rebooting.
The snarky multiple requests for money for the distro are unseemly at best. The developers think a lot of their product, why that is escapes me.
On the positive side it was fairly fast when not freezing.I was expecting a more cutting edge look and feel but Elive comes across as dated and tired.
In the end Elive does not live up to the expectations it deliberately sets. It feels like a company split into fiefdoms. One where marketing glib gets all the resources and the actual development team is stuck using bubble gum and baling wire to hold things together. And as for quality control it clearly is next to non-existent. I would love to see their regression and stress testing models.
Elive is by far the worst distro have tested. For a commercial distro (which it actually is,it just masquerades as freeware) it is simply unstable with little to recommend it over other distros that are fully featured and target older hardware. MX Linux runs circles around it as does various desktop flavors of Mint. Q4OS would also be a logical choice as would Sparky.
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