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After 8 years of development

Elive releases it's version 3.0

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I want to give a really big Thanks! to every donnor that made this version a reality

Do not renew your computer,

renew your operating system.

Elive is a replacement of your conventional operating system,
more intuitive, faster, virus-protected, and cost-free.
What is Elive?
Elive is a non-commercial, cost-free operating system made for the daily use, a much faster, friendlier, and feature-rich replacement of your high cost and low effective default system.

Turn your old equipment, up to 15 years old into a high performance machine with an interface that dazzles anyone who sees it. Customized to meet your needs while keeping it lightweight and beautiful using minimal hardware requirements.

In literally less than 2 minutes Elive runs without the need to install it , choose the language and the desired options to get the maximum performance, or just let Elive to select the best options for you.

Because the user experience is our priority, it provides a very intuitive experience where anybody can use it from the first time, using simple interfaces not saturated of options and with tons of automations.

 Elive is a very stable and reliable system based in Debian that will work day after day without problems. The customized Enlightenment desktop is ultra-fast and perfectly stable, with no random errors or surprises.

It comes with a full suite of applications, whether for work or for pleasure. It offers everything from a complete Office suite, tools, games and multimedia. You can enjoy watching movies or making your own. Professional video edition, graphic designing, media center, or even recover files from formatted disks. Make 3D animations, edit and manipulate audio and image files in always the best quality.

Oriented for average users and desktop usage, for laptops, schools, mothers or enterprises. Equally good for novice or advanced users, which can find incredibly useful tools hidden inside.

Technical details

  • Debian is used for the base system and it is fully compatible with it

  • 2500+ added own packages to make it so unique

  • Enlightenment as desktop, with own modifications

  • Live mode with own persistence features

  • Own made installer with unique features

  • Tons of tools for advanced users

  • Minimum requirements: 256 MB RAM / 500 Mhz CPU - For 128 MB / 300 Mhz check other downloads

Not just a Debian with Enlightenment

The idea that this OS is just a Debian with Enlightenment goes away very fast when somebody see the many customizations and detailed work that the system has inside that make it so unique, this includes tons of integrations between applications to be able to communicate and work together, because most of the environments are made to work in other more common desktops. 

There is also own modifications in Enlightenment to make the experience more personalized for Elive, tons of own tools and handy features, personal modifications everywhere to make the experience more intuitive and friendly to use.

In fact more than 2500 own maintained packages are served in Elive to make all the system better integrated, that improves the user experience as much as possible.

Do not waste your time doing your own customizations which already took 14 years of polished work here.

I hope you enjoy Elive as much as I enjoyed making it.

Facts about Linux

Linux powers everything, from smartphones and TVs to Submarines.
  • Linux is the favorite operating-system of major tech giants like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, Amazon, Ebay, PayPal, Walmart, and the list goes on and on.. 
  • Linux controls the particle accelerator at CERN
  • Most consumer electronics
  • More than 80 percent of smartphones (via Android) 
  • 498 of the 500 fastest supercomputers of the world uses Linux (update: now all 500/500)
  • Most global markets, including the New York Stock Exchange, NASDAQ, the London Exchange and the Tokyo Stock Exchange 
  • More than 75 percent of cloud-enabled enterprises
  • 95 percent of the top 1 million domains
  • Visual effects of Titanic and Avatar were developed in 3D applications on Linux
  • The bullet trains in Japan use Linux to maintain and manage the sophisticated Automatic Train Control system.
  • The In-Vehicle-Infotainment technology (IVI) inside Toyota and other automobiles use Linux platform.
  • In 2002, Microsoft had accumulated a $ 421 million cost of fighting the spread of Linux, 
  • As of January 2010, Linux still only has a 1.02% market share within desktops. In 2018 is 1.46%

It's time to change the last one with a more ready-to-use, beautiful and intuitive system.

Help more people to know about it
It's time to put back Linux into Desktops, not only supercomputers.
Be always safe
Virus Protected

It is impossible that a virus can exist here, due to how the security works internally. Viruses are mostly made to sell antivirus, similar as how pharmaceutical companies sell cures, and we do not sell anything.

Extreme Performance
Super Fast

Benchmarks, optimizations, strong tests, compilation flags, strips, delicate decisions and a madness for perfectionism. Without planned obsolescence never slows down over time. Made to work fast in old computers, results blazing fast in newer ones.

Live mode
Try before install

Run Elive from an USB or DVD to try it without being required to install it, enjoy our own Persistence system to save your sessions and files featuring hardware-based profiles to work anywhere

Never be annoyed
Work for real

Forget the concept of popups, emergent updates, forced reboots that breaks your work, software trials, serial numbers, forget ads even in the web, all of this are unacceptable to us. Focus on what is important, your life is for enjoy and not being screwed up.

Setup without hassle
Multiple screens

Extended usability for multiple screens, with 10 preconfigured monitors, automated detection, and an own Elive tool to manage them, acting like a mix between different screens and shared workspaces. Never a multiscreen setup has been so useful!

No need to pay

Use Elive entirely cost-free, without restrictions or limitations. This project is made with love and not for a monetary interest. Help me to make it better known, giving this opportunity for more people to use it.

Easy to use

Simple and clean, your desktop will never be a mess, organized distribution, applications not saturated of options, includes helpers and automations on-demand, save your working state, everything designed so that even your cat can use it.

Complete and ready

We spend many hours making delicate selections of the best applications, to give you a complete system ready to use with every quality software that you may ever need.

Stay calm
No Spyware

Worried about your personal data sent to corporations? There is no place for this question in Elive. It is open source, so you and anyone else can read what is happening inside the system.

The entire world
All Languages

In order to support even the poorest countries, we made it working for any language in the world, even the rarest ones! Your country is detected by geolocation to preconfigure your language and your keyboard even with exotic language inputs. You can also set it with a boot parameter like country=uk

Enough? Of course not ...
Reviving from the ashes
Compiz Integrated

How many systems still have compiz? This is an exclusive integration with superpowers; it is super fast, totally stable, providing gorgeous 3D desktop visuals, and, most importantly, it improves desktop usability thanks to unique features


Elive is extremely stable, and your desktop interface can never block. To lose your working state is something unacceptable for us. You and only you decide when to close your opened applications. Forget about unnecessary reboots forever!

Designed for daily usage

While many distros are like a mix of packages, Elive has a ton of carefully refined customizations to make the entire system functional for everyday use, with everything working as expected to be

Optimal configuration
Sizes & Fonts

Worried about the optimal sizes of elements in desktop? Fonts are automatically configured based in the resolution and DPI of your screen to fit the most standard size for your eyes. You can configure it later or be amazed with the win+z key feature

Insane sanity
Auto Health

Why lose your time dealing with stuck processes? Watchers constantly check that everything is working correctly and take specific actions to keep the environment stable and running. Just like a human body that repairs itself.

Advanced users

Includes many amazing default configurations and native tools which are extremely useful for advanced users. Even a bash framework to automate your needs is included!

Unique User Experience

Elive does not simply follow rules; it has its own concept of usability and productivity. The result is an incredible, yet simple and familiar interface with its own way to deal with everyday tasks in the most efficient and optimal way.

Adaptable system

The system is setup differently depending of the type of computer. And one of the main Elive philosophies is: Do not overwhelm the user with all the options, use auto detections when is possible, and shows additional options only when they are needed.

Out of the box

Professional video editing, converting between formats, media center, audio edition, ripping, DJ mixer. Even vertical synchronization for a perfect video playback, everything ready to be used!

Limit is your imagination

Change the look from fonts and colors or even create animated icons and wallpapers, or you can go deeper by changing how things actionates and interacts, or even change the entire desktop behaviour!

Data always protected

All your personal information is protected with strong encryption so that nobody would have access to it at all, even if you lose your computer. Settings dynamically set based in your hardware to not slow down your computer. Also included for the Live mode with saved sessions (persistence)

Rare species allowed

Elive does not like any discriminatory form, special support for specific hardware, with wizard configurations and own installers, including Nvidia, ATI, webcams, B43, and many other rare wifi's

Focusing in provide a well tested stable environment with an optimal system setup

Own Packages

Total Packages



    Powerful OS

    for slow computers

    No more losing time with common tasks, reaching applications, switching, moving or resizing them, check the cheatsheet and unleash an amazing productivity workflow.

    And if you need more, Elive provides a ton of own tools on which you can automate almost everything. Being open source there's not a single thing that you cannot modify.
    3.0 Designs

    Improving the World since 2005

    Reducing technological waste

    With the fast-growing, planned obsolescence of capitalist-producer monsters, there are 50 million metric tons of technological waste world-wide every year. There are no words to say how unacceptable this situation is. Thanks to Elive, you can use computers up to 15 years old and they will not slow down over time.

    Schools re-using computers

    Around the world, most schools work with old computers. Thus, instructors have to teach obsolete knowledge from outdated systems with computers that are so slow that their efficiency is decreased drastically and the student motivation is negatively impacted. Using Elive in these computers makes them revive providing an always-working, ready to be used, stable experience. Elive is also the preferred choice for Universities due to its lightness and beautiful and elegant, friendly interfaces.

    Affordable possibilities

    Not everybody can buy a computer. Elive can turn a 100 dollars used computer into a powerful machine that works faster than most of the new ones, plus it includes a big selection of professional software entirely for free that boosts to a much wider range of possibilities to everyone.

    Interconnecting the world

    When poor countries can connect to new technologies, the world-wide knowledge is spread to them, bringing direct access to advanced knowledge. In addition, the global sharing of knowledge helps surpassing aberrant behavior from conservative cultures. Elive includes many international languages, even some which are uncommon to find in operating systems. Elive is breaking frontiers to interconnect cultures and families with their elders by giving a friendly, ready to be used system.

    Enterprises saving money

    Enterprises spend gigantic amounts of money in renewing their computers and constantly requiring maintenance. Switching to Elive in their computers spares them the trouble of renewing computers to stay competitive over the time, requiring no maintenance and with a much more stable uptime. Plus the system is more intuitive for their workers and has a less distracted, more continuous workflow.

    Saving lives

    Ever thought how much time is lost due to slow and unreliable operating systems? If it only was a half hour per day, we have already wasted 520 thousand of entire human lifes since 1990. Do not waste your life, use Elive.

    Your support is crucial

    I personally want to give a really BIG thank you to every person that donated to this project, because even with all the difficulties surfaced, Elive 3.0 wont have never been a reality without them

    Contrary to inaccurate assumptions, Elive has never been commercial, and, in fact, it is developed by only one person. 

    Since 2005 it has been the only and full time work of his founder. The few but generous donations received were the only economic support of this project and sadly, hardly enough to ensure a meal every day.

    If the real purpose of Elive would have been to make money with it, the system would have been very different, like not making it good for old computers where there's not a market at all, and I would not have spent 14 years of my life on developing it, with sacrifices that included the need to move to a cheaper country due to economic reasons and even having ended in a migration jail in Mexico due to my visa.

    Even if free software encourages to sell the software, I have always provided alternative options for those who cannot donate, because I never wanted to restrict anybody to use Elive.

    And now for this 3.0 version there's not any limitation at all. The installation doesn't require a donation either. The system is entirely cost-free and without any restriction because restrictions would simply be limitations, preventing people from experiencing all the good that it has.
    Are you ready for a new experience?

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