Elive is a complete operating system for your computer. It's the perfect choice for replacing your proprietary, high-cost system. It is built on top of Debian GNU/Linux and customized to meet your needs for a complete operating system while still offering the user eye-candy, with minimal hardware requirements.
Turn your old computer into a high-powered work-station again, with an Interface that dazzles everybody that sees it. This is Elive's goal.
Elive comes with a full suite of applications for your work and leisure time needs. It offers everything from a full Office suite to games and Multimedia. You can enjoy watching movies or listening to music. You can even make your own DVD movies with menus, music and it works. Elive gives you the ability to make 3D animations, or compose your own movies in a real-time non-linear video editor from simple videos taken with your video camera. You can edit and manipulate audio and image files for better quality, effects, or design. And to round it all up, Elive has centralized settings and configurations in its own Control Panel called Elpanel.
Elive is a very stable system that will continue to run day after day without problems. The Enlightenment desktop is ultra-fast and perfectly stable with no random errors or surprises. There are no viruses, trojans, spyware, adware, or any similar things. Elive is a secure and serious system.
Elive uses Open Source Software. This means that, among other things, you have access to the source code of the programs as well as the permissions to modify them and adapt them to your personal needs with perfect legality.
Elive is made with and for pleasure. Things designed with pleasure are worlds better than the things designed due to a workers obligation.
Elive is not made for newbies. Elive is not made for experienced people. Elive is not made for enterprises or personal user. Elive is art. It is simply for the people who appreciate it and want to use it. Feel free to try Elive, because only you decide what you want on this world!
Distributions main features
Debian based: Elive is a distribution which is based on the well known Debian, Etch branch providing recent packages and stability at the same time. Elive replaces the Debian packages with customized version if needed (About 280 packages have been added or customized.)
Enlightenment powered: The Enlightenment window manager provides a desktop featuring a fast, light, very flexible environment which still offers eye candy and all the necessary resources to run your day to day applications. Elive includes E16 (for speed and perfect stability). Elive also includes a special version of E17 selected from cvs (regulary updated through Elive's test branch repository) Most of the programs built on top of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries are also included.
Intuitive: Elive aims to be a comfortable easy to use Linux system with many customization possibilities. It provides maximum power and speed for the experienced user. In a fully preconfigured environment, user friendly tools are centralized in an original control panel, to make it easy to manage your system (Elpanel).
Fast: One of the most important goals of Elive is to be fast and easy to use. You can control your PC like you always did or you have the possibility to work in a different way. With only one keypress you can open your desired programs or launch an action. You can also resize, iconify, move, switch desktops and more with just a keypress.
Minimum Requeriments: The minimum hardware for running Elive is a 100 Mhz CPU and 64 MB of RAM, but the minimum recommended hardware is 300 Mhz and 128 Mb of RAM. You don't need any special graphic card or 3D acceleration to run Elive.
You can run Elive directly from the CD, without the need to install it. Just put the CD in the drive and run it on any computer.
Ability to install any package through apt or synaptic in liveCD mode! (UnionFS featured)
Great hardware detection system and unique tools.
A control panel for managing your desktop and administrating your system:
Through Elpanel you can control your whole system, i.e. from Elpanel you can launch all the programs to add/remove packages, configure your hardware, customize the look and feel of Elive... etc.
You can download Elive here.