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Last pre-release 2.9.96 before the 3.0 Stable! Betatesters welcome!

Opinions From Users

This is one of the only "different" distros that is also fully featured and ready to use out of the box (you know what I mean....) elive Gem also works with my wireless card that isn't supported with UBUNTU anymore (typing from elive now). Its all looking very good!!
- Michael j-king -

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 -

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 -

It is the best and fastest linux distribution, combining speed, functionality and appearance on a perfect way.
- Marcelo -

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 -

Thanks for give a new usage to my old laptop, I tried other systems and Elive works wonderfully in my Pentium II
- Guipabo -

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'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 -

I have been considering Elive for quite some time. I have tried a lot of linux distros and always come back to Elive. The user interface is stunning. The functionality is exceptional. This is the OS that is convincing me to switch from Windows. Great job guys!
- JP Blanc -

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

When I first tried Elive I was skeptical. I was used to Ubuntu and Suse. However when I first installed Elive on an old computer, I loved its look and feel. Surprisingly it was an easy to use interface. I immediately installed it on my PC and it works great!
- Colin -

Elive is the best designed, stablest & elaborate distro that i ever had. And now in german, because my english is "Grottenschlecht"; Elive ist die best entwickelte, stabilste & durchdachteste Distro die ich jemals hatte. WEITER SO!!!!
- bohnor -

Elive Gem 1.0 runs fast on a centrino 1.3 with 256 mb ram, overperforms ubuntu on a similar machine (1.4 512meg ram) by around 200%
- Nevermore -

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 -

My family is basically Microsoft oriented. The wife and kids have always been hesitant about experimenting with Linux, of any flavor. My youngest son (age 15) simply fell in love with Elive.
- Runaway1956 -

Impressive! Finally a useful distro, stable and good taste in design.
- Fito Larsen -

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 -

Elive is definitely a system that goes beyond the barriers of creativity in the software industry with great flexibility and highly intuitive interface
- Argel -

I waited a long time for this. a Linux project to get renewed older hardware with a good desktop experience. Thanks to this i use an old laptop with great satisfaction for general purposes.
- Joe101 -

Today I can tell you that there's a linux system that is really intuitive, beautiful and powerful, just like the author's says it is art, this wonder is called Elive 2.0
- Ruben Velasco Jaimes -

It's simply the best and most beautiful operating system that i ever used. - Cédric BLONDEAU -

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

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 -
If everything worked as well as Elive, there would be no more problems on earth !
- Gilles -
My humble pc became in an incredible graphics experience, high performance and low resource consumption.
- Pablo -

One of the best things i ever tested!!! So fast and smooth, its my dream OS. I have a P4 with 512mb and runs very fast, and i dont even installed it!!!! Windows Vista? 1GB for optimal performance?? NOT!
- vitalf -

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 can do everything that I need: internet, multimedia, work. Grazie
- Urdnaxela -

This system is BEAUTIFUL, and the most beautiful thing is that it consumes nothing.
- Jess Luana -

I must admit, I tried many linux and was about to give up, the problems about drivers, bugs, freezing so on, but I heard about Elive, I though I might as well give linux another chance, and I am glad I did! Its the only OS i need, and the only one I want 🙂 Thank you, I am glad I donated, it was worth it.
- Masterizaak -

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 -

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 -

I tried this system and it saved me from trash an old computer, highly recommended
- Alejandro -

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 -
Elive has exceeded my expectations, is fast, robust, simple, intuitive, easy, and also elegant. Based in Debian and polished in every detail, its a fantastic dreamed experience for every user since the installation.
- Walter Bob -

Hi, I Just want to say that this is the first software that I wanted to donate for 🙂 Thank you very much!
- Luliu -

I needed a Linux distro for my Compaq v2000 as Win XP took too long to do anything. Elive fits the bill. My computer now has a new life and is very snappy now. Great job!
- RJMenard -

Elive 2.0 is a very good Linux system. I am very happy to use it for my work and for my PhD in Aerospace Eng! I don't want to change with Ubuntu or another distro and I have all the applications for my studies. This is for me Linux!
- Corrado -

As most of us know who have used Elive for some time, it is a really good distro. It comes already complete with most things that your average user would need for their basic computing needs. I love the fact that this distro has what most other distro's don't, and that is a uniqueness and simplicity about it that makes my overall computing experience more fun and personal. The interface and layout is simple and beautiful, yet also very functional. I also love that the look and feel doesn't come at the cost of speed. I have had Elive installed on boxes that had specs along the lines of 1Ghz and 256mb of Ram, and it's always been fast and reliable. If you decide to put it on a more modern machine, it is lightning fast! There are too many distro's out there now that are all dressed up versions of Ubuntu, and they are all starting to feel bland. I am glad that Elive has stayed on it's own unique path. Please keep up the good work guys!
- wirelessjunkie -

My old Toshiba "Satellite 4030CDT" laptop suddenly looks and feels like a modern
computer thanks to Elive.
- Altwan -

I've been using Linux for a few months now. As every newbie I have installed and toyed with many distros in that time and Elive is the only one that I've always keep in my machine.
- Ruben Bilbao -

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 -

Elive saved my PC, it is now running like new and with lots of features. Everything works straight out of the box and is elegant and easy to use. Thank you Elive!!! You deserve much more recognition!
- Thomas -

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 -

The best os i've ever used, converted me from windows, many thanks!
- Tony -

Elive is (by far!) the most RAM efficient and less resources consumption system that I have ever used!
- Ruben Bilbao -

Elive has been installed on my PC for several months now. Everything works, it's fast and intuitive.
- Blighty -

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 -

I have just installed the stable release and I completely love elive!! It's fast, responsive and very very pretty!! I will recommend this Linux flavour to all friends and family.
- Jorge Gascón Pérez -

I have worked with a lot of operating systems, to say that Elive is an exceptional work is not enough, good job!
- Enrique Fröhlich -
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 -
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 -

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 -

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 spend a lot of time in front of my computer, tired of windows, i was looking for a user experience that bring me far away from the Gnome or KDE one. Truly, elive responds to all my needs.
- Dader -

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 -

I wanted to try Elive for its stability, I don't wanted to continue installing new versions each 6 months or to use minimalistic systems which lacks features or applications. With Elive I found my perfect system for my computer.
- Antonio Bazán Sánchez -

Elive is, simply put, the best operating system for new users on old computers I've ever seen! It has better performance than any other LiveCD I've ever seen!
- William W. -
World-wide users will be drooling to get their hands on it
A well polished jewel, the beauty borns on its design, brilliant
Do you want a beautiful OS? Try Elive

“This distro is so different that it’s sure to climb the popularity charts at popular Linux download and information sites.”

“Elive’s website says it will turn your computer “into a high-powered workstation with an Interface that will dazzle anyone who sees it.” They’re not kidding.”

“Elive is fast. It boots fast, runs fast, and even shuts down fast. It works extremely well on older hardware”

“The graphics don’t slow the system down one bit. Elive melds functionality and beauty with seeming ease, something many distros have failed at over the years.”

“From the first moment is recognizable the visual harmony that the system projects, borning almost immediately the love for it.”

“Undoubtedly the development team didn’t wanted to create a normal system, they intended to bring the art to an area where it didn’t existed before.”

“You might think that the amount of visuals and polished interface is the product of a remarkable hardware resources consumption, but this perception is much more than distant from reality.”

“The system sins from intuitive and easy to use”

(Article is in Spanish)

“This is so far the most elegant distro that I have ever encountered.”

“Elive will also prompt you to install the necessary drivers so you can use your hardware straight away.”

“Elive is a great distro that gives you functionality, stability and beauty.”

“I am pretty impressed by it and I guess it will remain on my computer for a much longer time than any other OS.”

by Ben Lingenfelter 

by Ivan Azarel

by Damien Oh

Nunca volverán a extrañar a su otro sistema operativo
LOVING the Elive Linux Way
The O.S. of the Future

“Muchos de los apegados a Windows, e incluso a Ubuntu dirán: “oye, Microsoft puede esperar” o “sabes, no extraño a Ubuntu”, pues es que en verdad ¿Quién extrañaría a esos sistemas tan pesados e incompatibles si tienes Elive?”

“También es extremadamente bonito y….. ¡Basta! Lo que viene no lo puedo explicar con palabras, vean ustedes mismos.”

“The integration of Enlightenment in the Elive Linux distro is more refined than the other distros I sampled. It has a Mac OS style dock on the bottom. As you traverse the pointer over the icons, they get bigger.”

“Elive provides animated elements like backgrounds, icons, widgets and the terminal. It makes possible an animated desktop with 3D effects without an accelerated graphic card.”

“Im currently trying Elive OS. It is fast stable and inuative. Im enjoying it so much i would like to install it on my hard disk. It is fluent and beautiful.”

“The OS of the future, has so many features and looks amazing. I cant wait to run it side be side with my other linux OS’s, and show others how well it performs.”

by César Sánchez

by Jack M. Germain

by Aaron Morris

Lo probé y he caído rendidamente enamorada
I Love Elive
For all who have problems with their computers I recommend widely use Elive

“Además de todo lo que ofrece este SO, no tiene virus y ya viene listo para que lo instales y lo uses, sin necesidad de instalar los molestos drivers de sonido, audio, etc., etc.”

“La utilidad Network Connect muy detallada, elegante y práctica, sumado a esto el fácil acceso a configurar conexiones de red accediendo desde el icono el la esquina inferior derecha. Buena elección de colores, iconos, temas, también  programas de uso diario como Mplayer, Audacious.”

“Elive is definitely the best looking distributions available. It uses the Enlightenment desktop environment. I have never used Enlightenment before. The ELIVE default desktop is absolutely gorgeous!”

“The application dock at the bottom of the screen is cute, in fact better than Mac OSX. Thanatermesis, you have done a fantastic job by producing this great distro and moreover giving it free to a student like me.”

“It was a very pleasant surprise since it is not only very friendly for users, is also visually very attractive and best of all if you have a computer as in my case few resources, this is the best choice you’ll have.”

“Try many times with operating systems such as Windows Lite and other versions (even of Linux) but all or not recognized Drivers or atoraban the machine.. until I found this artwork without exaggeration.”

by Mercedes Anai Cruz

by Harish

by Héctor MeKoi Sibaja

Cambiando de Ubuntu a Elive
Elive, un camino intermedio
Resucitando la vieja pc

“conseguí una laptop vieja (300 mhz, 192 RAM) y Ubuntu resulto ser demasiado pesado para ella, probé con Xubuntu y era dolorosamente lenta, muy inestable… Probé con Puppy Linux, Damm Small Linux, y mientras buscaba mas distribuciones, llegue a la pagina de Elive.

…es mucho más ligero, se instala y se ajusta en menos de una hora, tiene todo el eyecandy que cualquier pudiera desear, y es increíblemente estable.”

“Elive Operating System is that is made by a human person, a person that unfortunately are living in a monetary-dependent system… estaría más que dispuesto a abonar los 15€ que me parece un precio más que razonable para que este proyecto pueda subsistir. Es una forma más de CrowdFunding.”

“Proporciona compatibilidad con todos los formatos de Office, viene por defecto con el amsn, navegador firefox (iceweasel), reproductor de música y vídeo, editor de imágenes Gimp, editor de vídeo…”

“El escritorio es muy atractivo, ideal para dar envidia e impresionar, incluso a los que tienen poderosas computadoras desperdiciadas con windows vista. El manejo es muy intuitivo.”

by “daedalo”

by Giusseppe Domínguez

by “linuxero”



Elive Gem 1.0 in old Pentium-II

Pentium-II, 266 Mhz, 64 MB of RAM, 12GB HD

Toshiba 4080xcdt – Running Elive!

Effects even in low resources

Visual Effects stills fast and smooth

First-generation EeePC-701

Another dinosaur running Elive

300 Mhz,4 GB of HD, 64 MB of RAM

Dell Cpi D300XT – Running Elive!


“Elive está volviendo a la vida las viejas computadoras, y las está convirtiendo en poderosas estaciones de trabajo. Entonces, ¡imagina lo que Elive puede hacer en una computadora nueva!”


“No es sólo una distro con un aspecto alucinante y fácil de usar, sino que técnicamente resulta excepcional. Detecta la mayoría del hardware de los ordenadores por lo que podemos estar seguros de la compatibilidad con nuestro viejo PC.”

by Romulo Vela

by “kimera646”


Articles Excerpts

Sistema operativo elegante y ligero. Basado en Debian, ELIVE os es un respiro de aire fresco y ligero, sobre todo si se tiene un PC antiguo, es elegante y sutil, cuenta con todo lo necesario para cumplir las tareas diarias y otras no tan comunes. Es un sistema operativo para todos, no hay que ser físico nuclear para intuir su funcionamiento, uno de sus fuertes mas férreos es su bajo consumo de recursos y gracias a sus comandos de teclado puede ser fácilmente utilizado sin requerir de un mouse, todo en ELIVE esta bien diseñado, es hermoso a la vista, su replanteamiento de lo que conocemos como “Escritorio” es sublime, bien trabajado, detallado y, como el arte, ELIVE tiene algo que trasmitir; su sencillez, minimalismo y buen diseño transmiten calma, armonía y paz algo en lo que muchos otros sistemas operativos fallan, al querer demostrar su superioridad llenan y re-llenan sus interfaces con contenido inútil, están repletos de servicios algo inservibles que solo logran frenar la velocidad de nuestras vidas al frente del PC. En resumen ELIVE os es una de las más brillantes alternativas para las personas que piensan pasarse a un sistema de codificación abierta, a un sistema Linux o para personas que quieran revivir a sus maquinas viejas y darles un aspecto elegante y nuevas posibilidades con este brillante sistema operativo. Para usar solo requiere boot desde una usb o un cd, y para instalar completamente los creadores de ELIVE te pedirán un pequeño pago de 15 dólares para poder continuar haciendo cosas brillantes y hermosas, si no tienes dinero te brindaran una opción gratuita.

by Juan Pablo López

Hace algún tiempo usaba una PC con Windows XP, Intel Pentium V 1,7 y algo mas de 300 mb en Ram, la verdad para la época (año 2001) en mi país era lo ultimo que podías conseguir. Ahora es casi basura solo servia para ocupar espacio. Dijo que “servia” porque Googleando encontré una distribución de Debian llamada Elive famosa por utilizar pocos recursos de la PC y déjalo libre para las Aplicaciones que desees usar. Me atreví a usarla en esa pc vieja que no usaba y Ohh sopresa cuando la inicio la interfaz de forma rapida eso nunca lo habia visto en esa pc mas vieja que yo. Elive goza de un diseño similar a OS Mac, No es el mismo claro pero tiene la esecencia lo cual me cautivo mucho y la mayor sopresa que puede llevar era que todos los efectos que tenia corrian a la perfeccion y con un tiempo de espera para abrir los programas muy corto jamas visto con esa pc. Esa es mi experiencia con Elive 2.0, desde hace mucho conosco la distro de linux pero como Elive no conocia adema que no necesitas ser un usuario avanzado solo necesitas saber usar una Live usb y listo. Realmente me Facino lo que lograron los diseñadores de Elive.

by Trocos Gutierrez