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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: 160 (50), 6 months: 154 (52), 3 months: 142 (57), 4 weeks: 163 (35), 1 week: 139 (40)

Average visitor rating: 5.05/10 from 37 review(s).

Elive Summary
Distribution Elive
Home Page https://www.elivecd.org/
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 • 2023-07-13: Development Release: Elive 3.8.34 (Beta)
 • 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)
 • More Elive releases...

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Feature 3.8.42 3.0.4 2.0 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Feature
Release Date 2024-05-21 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 GOffice 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 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 3.8.42 3.0.4 2.0 1.0 0.6   0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Full Package List
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Version: 3.8.42
Rating: 1
Date: 2024-07-16
Votes: 3

Got to say I really wanted to like this one, but after repeated trials I came to the conclusion that Ellive fails in its announced primary mission - revitalizing older computers.

I'll give Elive this - it brings on the bling, sort of a Barbie meets Liniux look and feel. The trouble is in the stability. I get browsers are an issue on old hardware, graphic cards and CPUs are pressed but many distros running on old computers manage with out constant freezes, but not Elive. And it would be somewhat forgivable if the freezing was just associated with browsers, but freezing simply permeates Elive.

Given the website for Elive reminds me of what Ron Popeil might have created if he developed a Linix distro, I expected more. Popeil's products worked as advertised, Elive does not.

And then there is the onerous process to try Elive for free, truly someone thinks much of themselves.

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Version: 3.8.42
Rating: 2
Date: 2024-06-18
Votes: 7

Elive review.


- Conceptually a great idea: supposedly able to breath new life into even 15 year old computers
- A vibrant desktop theme, compared to stodgy old Windows grey on blue it is snazzy


- Click on the download and see the first major issue - Elive warns you NOT TO USE the Stable version but instead to use the latest Beta, and I quote: " If you want to seriously use Elive, you must go for the latest Beta version instead, which is highly featured and extremely stable" - WTF!!!!! So in Elive land Beta means Stable and Stable means version 1.0, this is messed up beyond belief.
- Complicated bizarre download process that tries to guilt you into donations
- For a distro claiming, and I quote: "With Elive, computers up to 15 years old can be transformed to high-performance machines with a stunning interface fully customizable." Elive actually has difficulty running on older, major brand distributions. In Elive's defense inthe statement quoted above they used "can be", the trouble I have is Elive would not work effectively on a boatload of old Thinkpad/Lenovo old hardware. It was not till I ratcheted up to a T440p that I found hardware it would not freeze on.
- Freeze, reboot, freeze again repeat on ant hardware older than 10 years old. and dodgy on 8-10 year old hardware


Elive may be a great distro for folks wanting to run a loudly themed Linux distro on middle aged hardware. However it fails in its primary mission and It is unsuitable for old hardware There are many excellent options available for older hardware that actually work out of the box: antiX, DSL, Bodhi, Slacko, Slax, Emmabuntüs,, Slackware, Puppy

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Version: 3.8.40
Rating: 10
Date: 2024-04-03
Votes: 4

Great distro, works on older hardware and blindingly fast on new. A lot of thought has been given to a minimalist base load which provides everything you need. The larger apps are there but you have the chance to really think about how you work and if you need the heavyweights. There is a live usb with persistence to use on machines other than your own. It's great for graphics, music and general office work, but super powerful for system administration and programming. Rethink you computing and have fun doing it!

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