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Elive Stable

After 8 years of work, the final version is ready with an amazing result.

Entirely cost-free: yes

Donations received: around 1 per day

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Elive exists only from a few donations

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Using this method incentives the donation, which is crucial for Elive to exist,
while can still provide the OS cost-free for everyone.

“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. Disable UEFI and options in BIOS
  3. 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: 192 Mb RAM, 500 Mhz CPU

  • 32-bit, non-UEFI, sysinit, PAE (bigmem) kernel + 486 kernel

  • Without SystemD (preferred) / Without Pulseaudio (audio integrated, not needed, resources saving)

  • Install & Live, with advanced persistence features and encryption

  • Note: The download feels big because is a full suite, including cached packages, optional software, demo contents, and a few dependencies without require internet. The installation allows to select applications and fine-tune features giving the possibility to have an even much lighter result.

  • Debian Wheezy based

  • Kernel 3.16

If you need a newer version / kernel / drivers, use the Beta version:
Next Development

The plans for the next version are to include:

  1. 64-bit support
  2. UEFI
  3. Updated Software / Drivers

Including only these 4 important goals can allow us to have a much faster release date with an amazing result like Elive 3.0


Unfortunately, there’s not enough resources yet to start the next development phase and it will only start when it would be possible, if you want to help there’s how:

  1. Elive is not enough known to the world to have an enough funding of donations to continue the project. 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

I personally want to say a BIG thank you to every person who donated to this project, Elive 3.0 wont have never been a reality without them

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Elive Founder