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A Live CD based on Debian and designed to demonstrate the functionality of Enlightenment

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Elive is an open source Linux distribution built around the Enlightenment desktop environment and based on the Debian GNU/Linux operating system. It’s main goal is to demo the main features of the Enlightenment project on a stable and reliable base.

Features at a glance

The distribution supports a plethora of Wireless devices, and can be tested in a virtual machine inside Microsoft Windows or Mac OS X operating systems. It includes a wide range of open source application for common tasks like web browsing, emailing, music playback, etc.

Another interesting feature is the ability to install other operating systems and run them on the same machine. Furthermore, you can automate tasks, run games and game emulators, share folders or access remote ones, and much more.

Distributed as a dual-arch Live DVD

It is distributed as a single ISO image that should run well on both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. Supports multiple languages and automatically detects most of your hardware components, as well as the timezone and language, based on your IP address.

Built around the modern Enlightenment desktop environment

As mentioned, the desktop session is powered by the lightweight and modern Enlightenment desktop environment. The Elive project provides users with an ISO image bundled with the current stable release of Enlightenment, and a Beta version, which runs the current development branch of the popular window manager.

The desktop is comprised of a pager, so you can organize your workspace much better, and an applications bar from where you can launch your favorite applications. In addition, the OS supports multiple audio cards at the same time, and comes with many options, allowing users to configure the Enlightenment session as they see fit. You can customize everything!

Designed for low-end computers

With Elive and Enlightenment, there’s no need to buy a performance video card, because all the desktop effects are software-rendered. Therefore, we recommend it to those of you who want to transform old computers into modern workstations.

Elive was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on September 4th, 2015
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