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Last pre-release 2.9.95 before the 3.0 Stable! Betatesters welcome!



Elive should be a light system that runs fast in any computer, without stop being fully featured and having a very beautiful interface, this is not a dream, is a reality which has always been in Elive for more than 12 years.

As more difficult challenge, It should re-think standards and search for more optimized ones, brainstorm new concepts and offering alternative ways to work faster, this is also not a dream but they are specially internal or features that the normal users don’t know, someday I will write about them in the website.

And finally, Elive should keep up a simple and clean design, an experience not saturated of options but also giving all the possible power, it needs to be as much intuitive that my mother or any person can use it, this is not a dream but an actual reality that is improving in every new version.


Because computers still needs a good system to use.

Future Plans


There’s at least 2 important things in your desktop that are very bad designed and everybody stills using them without thinking about having them differently, I want to redesign them with a much improved concept, but I don’t want to tell you the details yet because I want to make it a reality and it can be a better surprise, at least for now, sorry for that, and help me to do it sooner! 🙂

To provide you more and better tools to customize and modify your Elive, my dreams are more like a fully automated system where everybody is connected and can share their modifications so everybody can enjoy them, sounds a bit crazy huh? or maybe just hard to develop.

Education is maybe the most important thing in the world, we all want a smart society, to be creative instead of destructive, with the ability to change the world, one of the biggest plans in Elive is to improve the education by making a special version with the best customizations for that, and this, in combination with the lightness that provides Elive, could make any old computer to be a powerful tool for the education, do you imagine the kids of sub-developed country’s to being geniuses? 🙂 So I don’t want to just imagine it!

Because the main matter of the universe is love and the meaning of life is creation.

Thank you for making Elive a Linux distribution that is just a pure joy to use. Best damn Linux so far I have used, and believe me I have used many of them only to be frustrated at well a lack of working right. I look forward to keeping up with what is going on.
- Jon Valentine -

I don't know what specifically you did, but I tried 10 different linux systems prior to attempting Elive and is the first time that my external hard disk was recognized correctly. I love you guys for it. You saved all my data! Thanks!
- jxn -

To the creators behind this awesome distro, please allow me to congratulate you and give you my thanks, for creating this unique piece of software. Elive is fast, super fast, freaking fast, is a gem. Thank you!!!!!
- Joe101 -

My humble pc became in an incredible graphics experience, high performance and low resource consumption.
- Pablo -

Elive is the most beautiful material I found on the net as far as linux distributions are concerned. And the most practical too. Once you install it, you have to forget about codecs and the problems that non-free stuff generates in other distributions. Elive made me abandon Windows, definitely.
- trezel -

Elive will be the choice of present generation.
- Srikar -

I have traveled a lot in the selection of the adequate system, a total of 36 systems tried, and Elive is exceptionally divine
- Christian rG. ITBSW -

When I first looked at Elive I thought it looked very interesting, but I did not realize what a surprise I was in for! This Beautiful OS astounded me! I had no words for it! It competes with the likes of any other system I have ever used, And I have used every other popular OS's out there today!
- Daniel Lapain -

This is so far the most advanced Linux system that I know, I decided to work with it because is so powerful, little need of resources and extraordinary design. Is pure art.
- Antonio -
It's simply the best and most beautiful operating system that i ever used. - Cédric BLONDEAU -
It is the best and fastest linux distribution, combining speed, functionality and appearance on a perfect way.
- Marcelo -

Greetings folks, I'd just like to say a big thankyou to the developers who put together one of the nicest user experiences I've ever come across. Worked flawlessly out of the box, didn't have to prat about with codecs or drivers, just left me to get on with my work. Can't say that for many OS's and distros I've tried over the years. Outstanding work guys!
- Alan Fisher -

I first tried Elive in an old computer and I was surprised how fast it worked, but later I bring it on my school and I was surprised by the visual effects and how nice they worked.
- Sebastián Zambrano -

To the creators behind this awesome distro, please allow me to congratulate you and give you my thanks, for creating this unique piece of software. Elive is fast, super fast, freaking fast, is a gem. Thank you!!!!!
- Joe -

I'd just like to say a big thank-you to the developers who put together one of the nicest user experiences I've ever come across.
- The Leander -

This system is BEAUTIFUL, and the most beautiful thing is that it consumes nothing.
- Jess Luana -
I have worked with a lot of operating systems, to say that Elive is an exceptional work is not enough, good job!
- Enrique Fröhlich -
Elive was the only way to convince my childrens to use Linux, from all the other systems that I have tried they prefered to use Windows XP. Now they are fans of Elive! (Note: they have 5, 7 and 9 years old). Excellent work, Congratulations!
- Fito -

Elive is definitely the best looking distributions available. It uses the Enlightenment desktop environment. The desktop is absolutely gorgeous! The stars in the sky twinkle and move throughout the very nice looking background. The application dock at the bottom of the screen is cute, in fact better than Mac OSX. I am soon gonna switch over to Elive. I love it. Keep up the good work Thanatermesis. You have done a fantastic job by producing this great distro and moreover giving it free to a student like me.
- Harish -

Elive adds a refreshing look to what ever pc it runs on. It's component parts work well and installation is a breeze. The live disc includes more than just the essentials, having a broad range of desktop applications elive is a fast lane into modern media editing and recreation.
- Andy Page -

With Elive I was able to revive an old PC I had, give the functions that I never thought possible in a totally efficient way. Elive is a fully recommended amazing system.
- Gecko -
Super! This system is MUCH FASTER than XP or Vista. It runs really great and stable. In addition, it looks great! My girlfriends want to install Elive now.
- Lillith Eva -

Truly a very nice system, simple and powerful, able to satisfy the most demanding user. Congratulations!
- Ruben Velasco -

I've been using ELive for about 3 months now, and I have to say it is incredible. Fast, beautiful, clean and professional. Largely due to the beauty and utility of ELive I've shown to my peers and supervisors, I am currently installing the first Linux server in a traditionally MS exclusive shop.
- Secher -

Been using Linux exclusively for about 7-8 years. I've been using Elive for about 48 hours now and its already the best Linux experience I've had. Easy install, with just a few tweaks I've got it configured exactly how I want it, and the ecomorph effects are sooo nice. Elive seems like the perfect combo of speed (enlightenment), stability and easy software management (debian), and eye candy (compiz). Simply amazing -- thanks to all the devs and everyone else involved in this project.
- Hawklad -

Some distros are set up like a house decorated for it's cover shot and photo spread. Elive is like a home that someone lives in. Users will discover the many subtle details only after living with Elive for a while.
- Eight bit al -

I deal with free software and OS's for about two years and I must say I was really surprised when I tested for the first time Elive, it worked better than ANY Linux distro, and was even lighter (and more beautiful) than advanced systems. This distro is awesome, you really got to test to understand.
- Felipe Magnus Gil -