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Last Update: 2023-07-13 02:37 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: 135 (72), 6 months: 112 (88), 3 months: 177 (42), 4 weeks: 159 (42), 1 week: 145 (43)

Average visitor rating: 5.16/10 from 25 review(s).

Elive Summary
Distribution Elive
Home Page https://www.elivecd.org/
Mailing Lists --
User Forums https://forum.elivelinux.org/
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Documentation --
Screenshots https://www.elivecd.org/screenshots/stable/DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://www.elivecd.org/download/stable/DistroWatch Torrent Archive
Bug Tracker https://bugs.elivecd.org/
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Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 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 3.8.34 3.0.4 2.0 1.0 0.6 0.5 0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Feature
Release Date 2023-07-12 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 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 3.8.34 3.0.4 2.0 1.0 0.6   0.4.2 0.3 0.1 Full Package List
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Version: 3.8.34
Rating: 1
Date: 2023-11-23
Votes: 0

I got it installed, but I'm not so sure if this is a good or bad news.

The website is full of adjectives like "amazing", "beautiful", etc., it constantly reminds you how to donate, the download is limited unless you donate... donate... donate...

If you enjoy staring at the boot screen, then Elive is a perfect choice for you. It takes forever to boot, and the boot screen is nice.

That was it with the good news.

The pre-installed software is odd. Leafpad for simple stuff and Geany for the rest would make sense, but SciTex editor? WTF? The software versions are also outdated, two or three versions behind Fedora. MPlayer is version 3 on Elive and 6 on Fedora!

Some applications do not fit into the system at all. The system is dark with shiny "rainbow look" icons everywhere, but the start menu icons and SMPlayer look like Windows 95.

I will stop here because it will become a book if I continue. Do yourself a favor and AVOID this at all costs.

It's buggy, the desktop freezes, and a bunch of "donate" popups pop up every time you update the system.

NOT RECOMMENDED! Get another distro that works.

(1 only because there is no -10)

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Version: 3.0.4
Rating: 2
Date: 2023-11-12
Votes: 2

I tried downloading the latest the other day, I wanted to try the latest instead of trying my 3.0.6 version which is the stable version but is years old; why becasus i though that maybe I would have some control over the font colour; turns out unless I make a financial contribution I cannot try the latest version; I thinks that is their loss, why limit the availabilty and audience. I still tried the version I have with the same goal in live mode but could not find a way of even increasing font size so I could have a better experience - the font, due to my bad eyesight is just too small - oh well I moved onto trying lmde.

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Version: 3.8.34
Rating: 1
Date: 2023-10-22
Votes: 5

My review;


- none known

- does not install
- lengthy process to get a download link

I'd give it a zero if possible.

It doesn't install on my Dell. I tried 11 other Linux versions, every one but Elive installed, as follows:


but Elive does not install and throws errors. Also no other version of Linux I tried makes you go through an onerous process just to get an iso.

Reading the reviews below it seems the install problem is an old bug with a known fix that was not put into this new version. That is sloppy building,coding, and testing. And it should make you wonder how secure Elive is, as in, were important security updates also left out on the build. Do you really want a Linux where you NEED to verify all the security fixes are there? If you have to analyze at that level why not just use a baseline Linux flavor like Debian so you know you ave something safe and secure that as full support.

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