Elive Changelog

New in version 2.6.2 Beta

April 7th, 2015
  • Nvidia / FGRLX privative drivers are ready to be used!
  • The Installer includes a lot of improvements, specially to make the install process more easy and fast, there’s a good amount of optimizations included everywhere and a cleaner installed system.
  • Improved audio detection and a wider range of cards directly working
  • Improved readability of colors in the terminals
  • You can view your system’s logs in the TTY12
  • ccache is included and enabled by default so if you compile things they will be blazing fast!
  • Vim default configurations updated and improved

New in version 2.5.4 Beta (February 7th, 2015)

  • Automatically detect and notify users about possible hard disk failures (S.M.A.R.T)
  • Wine is updated to last version 1.7
  • File Manager feature: You can now open .ISO images or similar format files and browse their contents. Images ares automatically mounted in a temporary directory) for easier access.
  • You can now use PPA style repositories in Elive (the packager needs to have packages available for your Debian-equivalent version)
  • Installer Changes: The listing of strange and encrypted partitions is improved. Improved performance of the filesystem when using the automated partitioning mode.
  • Chromium browser is much improved in default configurations, removing all the annoying first-configuration, includes a pre-installed plugin “adblock” to remove ads by default, if you click on email link it opens the gmail redactor, last used tabs are by default restored on startup, and it will never pop you again about translating websites from english by default (but you can enable them in the configurations)

New in version 2.5.2 Beta (January 14th, 2015)

  • GIT and SVN integrations into your file-manager!
  • You can now use your iphone to connect to internet using the USB cable
  • Improvements in mobile networks as wimax, also there’s included a wider range of providers for 3G/hdspa
  • Command-not-found feature included now in your shell
  • Default applications assigned to filetypes are much improved now
  • Debian packages updated to 7.8
  • New applications selected: sound-juicer, iptraf, nmap, traceroute

New in version 2.5.0 Beta (December 19th, 2014)

  • Optimizations in Kernel: CK2 (Con Kolivas patches) with the BFS (Brain F@#k Scheduler) and BFQ (Budget Fair Queueing) set by default that improves your desktop interactivity and your hard disk I/O
  • Updated version 3.16.7 of the kernel to include the new CKT patches that includes a lot of bug-fixes
  • Much more friendly way to know who and where you are in your terminal as you can see on this example screenshot
  • Much better integration of Dropbox in your File-Manager
  • An amazing tool called git-watcher is now in Elive
  • fixed a message in the boot process about a Glib-Warning

New in version 2.4.6 Beta (December 4th, 2014)

  • Added the possibility to boot from your Hard Disks
  • reiser4progs is updated to the version 1.0.9 with TRIM support for SSD cards
  • New tools made by Elive: email-sender, an extremely friendly way to send emails from your commandline, subtitles-convert-to-linux, a tool that let’s you convert subtitles to the correct format to use in linux
  • Other good amount of applications added: iso-to-utf8, utf8-to-iso, dos2unix, RAW support for Gimp and a good amount of other plugins, gftp, gpg signatures for icedove and syncronization with gmail contacts, seahorse with multiple signature features, sshfs, ethtool

New in version 2.4.5 Beta (November 21st, 2014)

  • The installer includes a good amount of fixes like:
  • Improved verification of internet connection
  • Improved geolocation detection to set default language and keyboard settings
  • Improved wordings and messages, giving more details about the donation required to install and also from the website
  • Default timezone configurations fixed to show the correct date
  • The default Volumes are better configured now

New in version 2.4.0 Beta (November 1st, 2014)

  • New kernel 3.16
  • Reiser4 (stable version) officially included from the installer
  • Terminology 0.7.0
  • Included tutorial by Yann Esposito about learning to use VIM superpowers

New in version 2.3.9 Beta (October 18th, 2014)

  • VIM suite pre-configured with the best plugins and features available, keeping it fast and full featured
  • Important fixes in the installer: screen turned blank during installation process fixed, grub bootloader fixes and improvements, fixes on upgrade-mode, configurations are run in a detachable tmux now
  • Fix for Thunar that blocked when create a new file
  • Bash security fix included

New in version 2.3.6 Beta (September 25th, 2014)

  • Configured network connections are now persistent on reboot for USB Images.
  • Improved USB bootable Image by creating a separate partition, this fixes the issue with USB images not booting on some rare computers
  • Elive now boots with an amazing Splash theme
  • Improved the listing of kernels on the boot screen
  • Added memtest to the boot screen
  • SSH between Elive computers is now much faster

New in version 2.3.5 Beta (August 16th, 2014)

  • EFL (enlightenment libraries) are updated to the beta version 1.11
  • Darktable and LibreCAD applications included by default
  • Nightingale is now available from the repositories
  • Right-clicking on a PDF in the File Manager will now give you the option to shrink it
  • Interactive git shortcuts for the Shell
  • Users Home directory is now in their default language
  • Improvements were made to Tmux when using it with SSH
  • Improved the microphone detection with Skype

New in version 2.3.4 Beta (July 25th, 2014)

  • A "Send-to Dropbox" option has been added to the File Manager
  • Right-clicking on a Movie in the File Manager will now give you the option to get the subtitle
  • Applications menu has been redesigned to be more intuitive
  • Laptop wifi switch now works properly on re-activation
  • Keyboard hotkeys for volume and mute control is now configured automatically.

New in version 2.3.0 Beta (June 26th, 2014)

  • Updated Linux kernel to 3.14 with Reiser4 patch, including a much wider range of wifi and audio card drivers for newer computers.
  • Backports for Virtualbox, nvidia and fglrx drivers
  • Enlightenment has a much more friendly menu of applications now
  • Debian security repository is included by default
  • New games included: “Super Mario War” and some “game and watch” simulators
  • Elive Installer includes fixes

New in version 2.2.6 Beta (June 7th, 2014)

  • The Installer has been tested during the last 2 weeks where, thanks to all the volunteers, many bug fixes were made real-time using IRC at #elive. The installer is now ready for normal usage.
  • Upgrade mode of the installer is now implemented; good for upgrading previous versions of Elive.
  • Bugs fixed in the installer: permissions, audio, mounting media, login to graphical system, end-user configurations, end-user home folders on their language… and much more.

New in version 2.2.2 Beta (May 17th, 2014)

  • New installer
  • Normal installation ready
  • Automatic partitioning using optimal settings
  • Automatic update of the installer with fixed bugs if there’s a newer version available
  • Checks for HD speeds, bios clock, partitions alignment, SSD optimizations
  • Much improved mounts and partitions management included in the elive tools framework
  • Guided help during the installation process
  • What is not ready: upgrade mode (from a previous install of Elive)
  • What is not tested: migration mode (from another linux system)

New in version 2.2.1 Beta (March 7th, 2014)

  • Powerline patched fonts added and set by default
  • EXFAT filesystem supported by default, so you can use newer windows-formatted and mac-compatible USB’s without problems
  • M4A format is now supported in massive-audio-converter tool
  • Terminology is now the default and full-working terminal
  • Improved color palette and visibility of main elements in terminology

New in version 2.1.58 Beta (January 21st, 2014)

  • Debian packages updated to their release 7.3 and already betatested
  • When a user access to a NTFS disk, they warned that can be unstable
  • Improved the massive image-resizer tool, which includes adding more resolutions and a smart automatic resize calculator
  • Improved the massive audio converter tool, it will now give you better accuracy in quality for a smaller file size.

New in version 2.1.57 Alpha (December 20th, 2013)

  • Updated E17 to 0.17.5 with lots of fixes
  • Massive Randr backports
  • Screen Setup now works better for dual-screen users
  • The default editor Scite now has a lot of improved features and configuration.
  • Included default configurations for tmux with commented examples

New in version 2.1.54 Alpha (July 17th, 2013)

  • Eltrans: This release includes a complete rewrite of the translator tool for Elive. With features like a grammar corrector and a proofreader mode, where the translator can modify the original sentences of the application itself, making it more userfriendly and intuitive.
  • Backported Randr code from Enlightenment 18 to E17 which makes it easier to configure dual-screen and external monitors, special thanks to PrinceAMD and devilhorns.

New in version 2.0 / 2.1.52 Alpha (June 26th, 2013)

  • Automated cooling for newer intel CPU's by decreasing the cpu clock when the temperature gets high
  • Vim colorscheme changed to elive an own colorscheme that focuses on intuitiveness.
  • Internet Configurator now automatically pops up with a list of available connections.
  • E17 Fix: Language and Keyboard are not correctly saved.
  • E17 Fix: Application menu no longer freeze your environment.

New in version 2.0 / 2.1.42 Alpha (May 28th, 2013)

  • Bug fixes in the automatic date and time configuration
  • If you move to another country it is automatically detected and your time is updated to the new location
  • Updated firmwares to support a wider range of wifi's and other devices
  • Automatic detection of lvm devices inside crypted filesystem
  • Fixed a bug with thumblerd process, which can sometimes block devices from unmounting

New in version 2.1.40 Alpha (May 6th, 2013)

  • Updated to the stable release of Debian Wheezy
  • Engage now works much better with composite and non-composite modes
  • noop scheduler configured by default for SSD disks if they are detected
  • Updatd to the last terminology version 0.3
  • Online applications added like: khan academy, tedx, and codeschools which is a friendly way to introduce and learn programming languages
  • Improved autodetection for user language

New in version 2.1.37 Alpha (April 18th, 2013)

  • Automatic language and timezone configurations based on your physical location
  • E17 updated to the new released version with lots of bugfixes
  • E17 improvings in the automated positioning of windows in the desktop
  • Suspend ready
  • Fixed an important bug in the e17 menus
  • Fixed a bug with Intel cards when the screen is blanking

New in version 2.1.33 Alpha (March 29th, 2013)

  • Google Talk plugin included, you can now do calls with voice and video
  • Very much improved way to connect to the internet, with sorting by signal and a complete set of features for any need
  • Improved elive tools, with detection of your city and timezones without requiring a GPS
  • E17 fixes for keyboard, GL detection and Night mode

New in version 2.1.32 Alpha (March 8th, 2013)

  • Completed redesign of the Focus system
  • Special mode for e17 called night reading, which inverts the colors of your screen making the reading much more comfortable
  • Created another mode called sleep, which turns your computer off in a specific time of the day or in a countdown value, configurable for each day and with different types of halting
  • Moved from xine to vlc for playing DVDs
  • Integrated compatibility of different file-managers with the default one
  • Zenity sizes of the box fixed

New in version 2.1.31 Alpha (February 22nd, 2013)

  • Experimental redesign of the focus system of Enlightenment, a better focus remember-list and the ability to remember focus across desktops
  • Switch from xine to vlc
  • Faster startup of e17 first configuration
  • Some misc appplications added for a more complete OS

New in version 2.1.27 Alpha (January 28th, 2013)

  • Multiple improvements in e17 and startup configurations
  • Persistence feature where you can save your data in live mode! explained here
  • Better list of languages supported with their required fonts
  • Elive now supports more languages than before.
  • Audio cards features including better recognition, improved volumes, mic working by default for applications like skype
  • Now using syslinux to boot the ISO's, this greatly increases the number of computers Elive can boot on.
  • Included new Wine version 1.5.22 to support a wider range of Windows applications.

New in version 2.1.23 Alpha (January 13th, 2013)

  • The final stable release of Enlightenment 17!
  • Improvements in E17 like "focus remember", or an emodule for productivity (style pomodoro with window controls)
  • Composite and transparencies even in older computers without 3D accelaration, and other good features even when not in use
  • Very efficient and fast overall system
  • Allows for better resolution in older computers where it was once not possible to play high quality videos due to resources required (includes HD videos in h264)
  • Perfect screen sincronization in video playback.
  • Kernel 3.2.0 supporting older computers, which means that new computers will be supported too
  • Recent and updated applications
  • Lots of packages like libreoffice ready for giving a complete suite to the end-users
  • Extremely useful new tools made by Elive, like: bkp, waitfor, elivepaste, showmyip, etc...
  • A enlightened terminal with a great demo

New in version 2.0 (March 5th, 2010)

  • Autolaunchers: Entirely rewrited with better stability and more features
  • User Configurators: A lot of user configurators added for configure anything, like touchpad, FIXME
  • Drivers: Kernel 2.6.30.9 with support of special hardware and other features like tuxonice (hibernation), reiser4, and lots more
  • 3G Phones supported with 364 providers available for any country
  • Look: Some things of the look are now even better than before
  • Elpanel: Removed and moved everything to a more standard and unique place for the configurations
  • Bluetooth supported
  • Trayer included
  • Shared Folders also know as samba it is directly suported in Elive in a very easy way to use, thanks LinuxNIT for these nice applications and some others too!
  • USB bootable: Create your own bootable USB sticks !
  • OSS compatibility for games and strange applications that doesn't support alsa
  • Entrance Autologin supported
  • Broadcom 43xx works now with 2 different optional drivers
  • Ssh: Some handy features for ssh like special prompt coloring when you are in a ssh session so that not confuse your login, also, you can directly access to enlightenment_remote features or run things on the graphical system without need to set special variables
  • Audio Configurator: If you have more than one audio card, you can select the right one at any moment!, this feature is very useful for me when I'm working on the night and I need to switch to the card that is set to my headphones. You can also play with Elive multiple audio sources without problems.
  • Special Kernels: You can install on your installed Elive systems, special kernels that for example includes support for more than 4 GB of ram without the need of a 64 bit-OS, (in the nurse special mode)
  • Translations: Elive supports now more languages, by default they are automatically translated, but you are welcome to collaborate with these translations by using Eltrans.
  • User-Friendly: Never an operating system was that easy and userfriendly to use as Elive 2.0, the list is huge, and the goal is that even senior people can use Elive 2.0 without problems. Some examples are:
  • Convert: Convert files in MP3 by just selecting them in your filemanager, you can also do the same thing with the resolution of the images
  • Search tool
  • Screenshot tool
  • Disk Usage tool
  • Admin mode: If you don't know how to admin your system, you can be admin from your thunar and so manage any file or configuration of your system
  • Nurse: The nurse mode is a special Recovery / Repair mode full of features so that everybody can recover, fix, and repair his Elive system, for example:
  • Recover Configurations: You can recover any "Elive default" configurations, like your desktop settings
  • Hardware Tests to verify that your computer is working without problems
  • Packages: check if your system contains all the packages included by default with Elive, if not, you may miss any feature
  • Free Space on the disk
  • Kernel: Install newer kernels or also with special support like more than 4gb of ram
  • Installer: The installer includes a lot of features like:
  • Upgrade mode: Do not do a new install, just do an upgrade of your old Elive system, so that you still maintain your users, files, and everything... remember that everybody should do a periodically backup
  • Migrate: Migrate any Linux system to an Elive system, this include to save users, files, passwords, and some configurations
  • Filesystems: Special filesystems like Reiser4 are now supported directly by the installer, this filesystem also includes compression support that will boost your machine even 2 times faster
  • Reinstall: You don't need to burn CD's anymore since this version if you want to reinstall Elive again, you have a feature in your menus that does it without the need of CD's

New in version 1.9.60 (February 3rd, 2010)

  • Autolaunchers: An entirely different system rewritten for autolaunchers containing features which are more handy and less annoying, entirely configurable
  • Touchpad: Configurator added
  • Drivers: Added a new driver for cdrom-drives needed to boot into live mode (thanks to rafuch0)
  • Misc Bugs fixed, features added, and a few informative messages added
  • Kernel version: 2.6.30

New in version 1.9.52 (December 13th, 2009)

  • E17 Modules: A new set of E17 modules for Elive, they are found in the Features category of the E17 Preferences
  • Trayer moved to the systray of e17
  • Bluetooth featured on the fly
  • Power Manager featured for laptops
  • Msn: Amsn changed by emesene for now due to resources and stabiility reasons
  • Kernel version: 2.6.30

New in version 1.9.51 (October 23rd, 2009)

  • Compressed Filesystem: If you have a computer with a tiny hard disk (like EeePC 2gb SSD), you can now install Elive using a compressed filesystem so that the entire system will fit in 1 GB. Anything that you will put on it will be directly compressed on the fly and in realtime.
  • Shared folders implementation with extra fixes and features
  • No CD required: There is no need to burn the ISO on a cdrom anymore; you can easily install or reinstall with this method: simply point it to the ISO image on the hard drive and reboot to the latest one (from installed system). You can found this option in your Administration menu of applications.
  • VPN: extra support
  • toram: feature fixed
  • OSS: Audio extra support (good for games or special things)
  • Catalan: option from the boot selector fixed
  • Kernel version: 2.6.30

New in version 1.9.41 (August 28th, 2009)

  • aMSN: Fixed and updated for the compiz version, you can use it again now
  • Audio Configurator: You can configure which audio card (if you have more than one) you want to use as default
  • AudioCDs: The auto-play of audio cd's has been repaired
  • Kernel version: 2.6.26.8-elive-686 (revision 41)

New in version 1.9.31 (June 24th, 2009)

  • USB Live: A tool to make your USB stick an Elive bootable live system !
  • Acer Aspire One: Perfectly supported, also with a special tool to disable the fan when not needed (very noisy in the bed)
  • Flash: Flash updated to the version 10.0.22.87
  • Console: Better characters for the console mode, more languages supported, smaller font size for console.
  • Music: Elive Essence is back ! from your Audio menu, also, your Music folder is full of the best music for you, the best for work, for play, or for relaxation.
  • Audio Player: Ok, we have finally moved from XMMS to Audacious !, it is almost the same but using gtk2 instead of gtk1, also, with a lot more new code and plenty of more features. All the dependencies of it moved as well (e17 hotkeys, applications calls, thunar default applications, mimetypes, autolaunchers, etc), on the other hand, we can say good-bye to the amazing JESS plugin for xmms.
  • Russian support is now fixed thanks to a report that someone made, if you have problems with other languages, what are you waiting for? Report it! :)
  • Installer:
  • Fixes: A lot of misc fixes, specially for those who wanted to use the upgrade mode with a dedicated /home partition, this feature is working again thanks to the report of KC.
  • Features: Apart from a lot of new internal features, there are some others, such as the one where you can now enjoy having your E17 backgrounds/themes/bar saved in your reinstallations As well as a better and more stable way to detect additional operating systems in order to put them in your grub menu. Please report any operating systems not added to your grum menu, especially windows.
  • Kernel version: 2.6.26.8-elive-686 (revision 40)

New in version 1.9.28 (June 2nd, 2009)

  • Partitions: Better detection and listing of the partitions for the live mode and the installer. If you encounter any problem since this version of Elive, please report it!.
  • Raid: Now the fake-hardware (featured by the motherboard Bios) RAID disks are supported (thanks to the help and tests of watchwolf). A small help about RAID (software mode) is added in the installer describing how to install Elive on raid devices.
  • Macbooks: We have switched from Lilo to Grub, in the previous versions of Elive you saw that sometimes the system doesn't boot anymore after running the fine-tune step because of some problems with lilo. This is now solved by using grub.
  • Installer: The development is now all concentrated on the installer, with a large number of minor bugfixes and features.

New in version 1.9.26 (April 29th, 2009)

  • Nvidia / Ati: When you upgrade the kernel package and modules, you will broke your nvidia/ati drivers except if you update/install/remove any requirement manually... this problem is solved since this version by holding ALL the kernel/driver packages (and GLX packages) in case that the user needs a nvidia/ati privative driver.
  • Accelerated boot: A bit more accelerated boot of the live system by sorting the files of the filesystem in the cdrom structure by their access order.
  • Practical things: Convert any audio file to MP3 / OGG by right-click on them in the file-manager

New in version 1.9.24 (March 27th, 2009)

  • Debian: We have finished syncing the repositories using the new Debian Lenny Stable, enjoy it.
  • E17: Updated Enlightenment 17 with new features. You will notice that the 'switch desktops by moving the mouse to the edge screen' does not work on this version anymore, for that, enable the new module.
  • Reiser 4: The new optimized filesystem Reiser4 is available as a module of our kernel. Note: this module is only available as kernel module, not in the installer as choice, so use it at your own risk. For experimental usages.
  • Kernel Headers: The kernel headers have been pointed to a wrong build directory, thus the user did not have the possibility to build their own modules except if they pointed the symlink to the correct folder. This is now fixed for all future kernel headers.
  • Scite: Scite is again our default editor, it is also the preferred choice of our users.
  • Thunar: Previews of Flash videos.
  • Mplayer: Some changes that include a fix of an annoying popup message when using poor-driver audio cards, and some hotkeys added for the non-gui mode like: left-click = pause, double-right-click = fullscreen, and normalized audio set by default.
  • Autolaunchers: Removed old thunar autolaunchers system (you could re-enable it if you want) and we are back to our old system, this makes your Elive more light and featured, unfortunately this autolauncher system requires continuous maintenance.
  • Macbooks: Better touchpad sensitivity.
  • Installer: Fixed a bug verifying the integrity in computers that has a wrong clock-time set.
  • LVM: Detection, mount, accessible in Live mode, available in the installer (requires manual creation of LVM).
  • RAID: Detection, mount, accessible in Live mode, available in the installer (requires manual creation of RAID).
  • Keymaps: A bit of work in the keymaps of the keyboards such as for slovenian, swiss and canadian. If you see any problem with the keyboard / languages please report it to http://bugs.elivecd.org
  • Languages: If you are using an external booting system such as unetbootin, you can select the language from the boot now.

New in version 1.9.18 (November 27th, 2008)

  • This version includes a greatly improved new kernel and a lot of upgraded packages. Changes: Network Configurator is now perfectly usable and stable; Firefox bookmarks have been updated with new entries - a good list of GIMP links and tutorials, a big list of articles about Elive since its first version, and also some about EFL development; Linux kernel updated to version 2.6.26.8; all the currently available wireless drivers have been added, including the newest ath9k for Atheros cards; the bug about the WEP encryption in MacBooks has been finally solved using the new ath9k driver included on this kernel.

New in version 1.9.15 (November 12th, 2008)

  • This version includes better support for MacBooks and a much better network configuration tool. MacBooks - the MacBook support has been overhauled, fixing some bugs like the installation and the webcam support. Wireless and networking - our new application to configure networks called Net-Connector is in a pretty good shape. All the known bugs are fixed and the auto-connect mode seems to be working properly. Since there are no known remaining bugs on it, we invite you to find new ones.

New in version 1.9.10 (October 17th, 2008)

  • The Elive team is proud to announce the release of the development version 1.9.10. This version doesn't include Exalt (a network configuration tool) any more, but there is a new application in Elpanel. Ibar is replaced by Itask-ng - Elive now has a zooming bar similar to the one in Mac OS X. It also has another feature enabled by default - 'lock icons', which prevents the user from removing icons accidentally. Vim color scheme hacks - the default color theme of Elive has been hacked for better development and coding. PDF printer - it is now possible to create PDFs from a page, document, or anything just by selecting to print to a PDF file in the printer menu. Networks - this version includes a new application called net-connector for configuring WiFi and wired connections.

New in version 1.8.8 (September 12th, 2008)

  • This version solves two important problems found in the previous version: an annoying mouse bug and a network configuration bug. Changes: 'changedevice' boot option allows changing device during the boot process; hotkeys - the mute key now works; E17 updated to the last version from Subversion, now some modules like battery, temperature and CPU frequency are enabled only if hardware supports it; Thunar can now preview XCF (GIMP native format) images and Nintendo DS ROMs; auto-mounters - mount and umount devices from Thunar; kernel updated to version 2.6.25.16...