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Elive Linux
DeveloperSamuel F. Baggen (Thanatermesis)
Written inC
OS familyUnix-like
Working stateCurrent
Source modelOpen source
Initial release24 January 2005;
14 years ago
Latest release3.0 / 10 September 2018
(14 months ago)
Latest preview3.7.14[3] / 8 October 2019
(60 days ago)
Marketing targetPersonal computers, servers, tablet computers
Available in69 languages
Update methodAPT (several front-ends available)
Package managerdpkg
Platformsi386; i686; IA-32, x86-64, amd64
Kernel typeMonolithic: Linux
Default user interfaceEnlightenment
LicenseFree software licenses
(mainly GPL)
Official websitewww.elivecd.org

Elive is a non-commercial Linux distribution based on Debian and uses Enlightenment as user interface.


Elive was born in Belgium prior to 2005 as a private experiment by its founder to customize a Knoppix Live CD running the Enlightenment and with the designs based in the Evil Entity distro, it was called Tezcatlipotix, since the result was better than expected the desire to create a public version started.[4][5]

Two months later the first public version with the name of Elive appeared publicly, appearing directly in Slashdot.[6]


Elive has access to online repositories of Debian (Wheezy) and uses its own repositories with more than 2500 packages that includes own specific software for Elive, extra software, or packages that replaces the default ones provided by Debian, improving the overall system and integrity.[5][7][8] Elive comes with a complete set of included software to fit any needs for example free programs as: LibreOffice, Chromium, Iceweasle, Icedove, VLC media player, GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Skype, Virtual box, Avidemux,...[9][10]

Elive has 3D effects without need of an accelerated graphic card.[11]

Desktop environments[edit]

Elive offers images specifically built for Enlightenment.[12][13]. The latest development release of Elive, Elive 3.7.14 BETA features a customized version of Enlightenment Window Manager. [14]


Elive is a very light and fast system which makes it a very good option for old computers.[8][15][16] The minimum system requirements

  • Beta version: 500 MHz CPU with 256 MB of RAM
  • Stable version: 300 MHz CPU with 128 MB of RAM
  • Older versions: 100 MHz CPU with 64 MB of RAM[17][13]

For a better and complete experience, suggested requirements are Pentium 4 with Hyper-threading, 512 MB of RAM and any Graphics Card with Hardware acceleration capability.

Installation and live images[edit]

Live mode[edit]

Elive releases live install images for CDs, DVDs for the stable releases and USB thumb drives for beta, for IA-32 architectures. These Live images allow users to boot from removable media and run Elive without affecting the contents of their computer.[18]

Install mode[edit]

Although the name suggests otherwise, Elive works best installed on the hard drive rather than used as a live distro, so it's claimed to be good for a daily used basis.[19]

The installation of Elive in your computer is initiated from the Live environment. This is required to have an optimal configuration of the specific hardware which is due by automated tools that guide the user in the Live mode, then a clean installation can be proceeded with the system correctly configured.[20]

Commercial status[edit]

Prior to Elive 2.0 (Topaz), the only way to get Elive installed on the hard disk was through a small donation. Although it still had free alternatives for those who couldn't afford to donate.[21][22] Elive got the false reputation to be a commercial distro. Elive is developed mainly by only 1 man so to keep it running funds are needed to keep Elive alive.

In 2017 Elive decided to remove this limitation by promising to release the 3.0 version entirely cost-free [23].

Package management[edit]

Package management operations can be performed with dpkg on the lowest level command or for administering packages the apt toolset is used.

dpkg provides the low-level infrastructure for package management. The dpkg database contains the list of installed software on the current system. The command can work with local .deb packages files, and information from the dpkg databases, but doesn't use repositories.

APT tools[edit]

An Advanced Packaging Tool (APT) tool allows administering an installed Debian system to retrieve and revolve packages dependencies from repositories. APT tool share dependency information and cached packages.

Source code[edit]

All the sources codes including the new one are moved to github repositories.[24]


Two branches of Elive (also called releases, distributions or suits) are regularly maintained:

  • Stable is the current release and targets stable and well-tested software needs.
  • Beta or testing is the preview branch that eventually becomes the next major release.

Other branches in Elive:

  • Old these are old versions available the Elive Museum page. These are CDROM versions and aren't supported anymore but the site of Elive kept them available to download for old computers that require very light systems.[17]
  • Compiz was in the versions of 2009 an experiment with E17 and Compiz. But since 2.9.0 is included by default as a stable option[25]


  1. ^ Distribution Release: Elive 0.3 (DistroWatch.com News)
  2. ^ "Elive 3.0 Stable is released!". Elive Linux. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2018-09-11.
  3. ^ Elive 3.7.14 beta released – Elive Linux
  4. ^ Thanatermesis (2006-12-04), tezcatlipotix, retrieved 2017-04-19
  5. ^ a b "Enlighten your desktop with Elive | PACKT Books". www.packtpub.com. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  6. ^ "Elive Beta: Enlightenment Sans Commitment – Slashdot". tech.slashdot.org. Retrieved 2017-04-19.
  7. ^ DistroWatch. "DistroWatch.com: Elive". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  8. ^ a b "Elive" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  9. ^ "Applications Included – Elive Linux". Elive Linux. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  10. ^ "You Want A Beautiful OS? Try Elive – Make Tech Easier". Make Tech Easier. 2009-02-26. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  11. ^ "Elive Linux- Fast and Fantastic Linux Destro – Code Morning Xyz". codemorning.xyz. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  12. ^ "Enlightenment Linux: It's Not What You Think | Reviews | LinuxInsider". www.linuxinsider.com. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  13. ^ a b "Elive 2.0 "Topaz"". soypintino.bligoo.com.ar (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 2017-04-26. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  14. ^ "Long-awaited Elive 3.7.14 is on the way, the BETA release is available now". OpenSourceFeed. 2019-10-08. Retrieved 2019-10-10.
  15. ^ "Elive consigue ser más rápida y más bonita que antes". Linux Adictos (in Spanish). 2017-03-13. Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  16. ^ Nestor, Marius. "Elive 2.7.6 Beta Linux OS Lands with Amazing Speedup Improvements to Some Apps". softpedia. Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  17. ^ a b "Elive – Download Old Versions". Elive Linux. Retrieved 2017-04-18.
  18. ^ "Fastest and best looking Linux Distribution. (Elive) – Forums". CNET. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  19. ^ "Elive 2.8.8 Beta erschienen – Pro-Linux". Pro-Linux (in German). Retrieved 2017-05-15.
  20. ^ "Elive 2.0 – Distro Review". jeffhoogland.blogspot.be. Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  21. ^ "Modulo de instalacion Elive Topaz 2.0 metodo para obtenerlo!" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  22. ^ "Elive 2.0 Topaz" (in Russian). 2010-03-07. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  23. ^ "Elive – Crowdfunding 3.0". Elive Linux. Retrieved 2016-12-01.
  24. ^ "Elive Systems". GitHub. Retrieved 2017-04-25.
  25. ^ "E17 Compiz – Elive Linux". Elive Linux. Retrieved 2017-04-18.

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