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Elive 3.8.35 Beta

E16 Includes a different experience on a very powerful and truly unbreakable OS!
SecureBoot ready, more software & features, powerful & light, 32-bit compatible, and more...
64 BIT Version

Full blown featuring everything...

  • SecureBoot ready

  • Advanced Persistence (Live USB saving) with Encryption

  • More features and compatibility than the 32bit version

  • Included 32 bit compatibility

  • Extra software included (can be removed on install)

  • Nvidia official optional drivers

Extra Software only for the 64bit version: Steam, Office, Virtualization, powerful Video-editing, Photo-manipulation, media center, extra themes, etc...

Limited but perfect for old computers and Nettops. Only can recognize 3gb of RAM (non-pae), cannot boot if you have SecureBoot
32 BIT Version

Light on any computer, but limited

  • Supports very old computers & net-tops

  • Even lighter version for low-end machines

  • Only can run 32 BIT software on it

  • Less drivers, Nvidia not well supported

  • NOT compatible with SecureBoot

  • Limited to 3 GB of RAM

Note: the (old) stable version includes a much richer experience, try it!


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For every $10 donated you get 1 month of direct access and its next releases. For example $30 gifts you 3 months of access!

Cannot donate?

We do not want to restrict anyone from using Elive, even though donations are crucial for the survival of the project. Help us make Elive and Enlightenment more known to the world, and we will be more than happy to send you the 64-bit version!

Note: If you install the 32-BIT version first, you can easily crossgrade to the 64-BIT version later using the installer.

32-bit Download

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Remember that the 32-bit version does not support SecureBoot, and some software and drivers may be missing due to its architecture. Therefore, if you have a recent computer, you may want to consider using the 64-bit version instead.

The Enlightenment 16 Desktop

Elive surprises us again being the unique distro in the world that brings back E16 using it as its desktop in such a satisfying way for the actual Beta versions.

E16 is unbreakable, light, and perfect for work, Elive makes it ready for you with its magical customizations and needed features fitting all your needs. If you already know E16 you may already love it! If you don't know it, maybe it's time for a new experience, because you won't regret it!

- We hope you enjoy this unique experience while we focus on developing the final desktop -

    New features on beta versions

    • 2 Kernel options, for last drivers and stability

    • New software and drivers

    • Improved performances, RAM, and video playback

    • Multi-featured special Dock

    • Extremely stable environment to work

    • A very different desktop experience

    • Installer much improved with bugfixes and features

    • Nvidia propietary drivers tested

    • Flawless migration from 3.0 Stable (32bit to 64bit too)

    • Tons of improvements everywhere

    • Strongly tested versions thanks to Forum participants

    • Improved compatibility with other OSes

    • E16 is used as the temporary desktop for Beta versions

    • Not so friendly / ready for novice users

    • Less featured desktop experience

    • Less polished and beautiful than the Stable version

    “Elive is not made for newbies. Elive is not made for experienced people. Elive is not made for enterprise or personal use. Elive is art. It is simply for those who appreciate it and want to use it. Feel free to try Elive because only you decide what you want in this world!”

    Elive philosophy since 2005


    1. Create your Elive bootable USB stick
    2. Boot from Elive (bios menu)

    Important: Use only the tools suggested to record your USB or you won’t be able to boot it correctly due to modifications that other tools does.

    See More FAQs, or the new Forums & howto’s

    Technical details

    • Min. Requirements: 400 MB RAM, 500 Mhz CPU

    • SecureBoot enabled (only 64bit version), kernel 5.10+

    • SystemD (sysvinit from a forum howto), Pulseaudio (optional)

    • Install & Live mode, with advanced persistence & encryption

    • Note: The ISO size is big because it contains extra software for offline installation, demo files, and cached content. The installer includes options to make your system as light as you want!

    Next Development

    We will continue to work to implement:

    1. The Enlightenment desktop of Elive (this is a gigantic work remaining!)
    2. Polishments
    3. Almost everything else is already implemented and integrated! :)

    Unfortunately, there’s not much resources for the development, but we have solved it for now by providing the 64bit versions via donations, so let’s see how much we can progress now :)

    If you want to help there’s how:

    1. Elive is not enough known to the world. If you can spend a few minutes, share Elive everywhere, in blogs, social medias, and friends, write to your favorite Linux Magazine’s suggesting to talk about Elive 3.0!
    2. Support this project, with any amount which is the only way to make the next version exist.
    3. Collaborate in different areas, we have made a special section in the new forums for them.