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Screenshot of Elive 3.8.4
DeveloperSamuel F. Baggen
OS familyDebian GNU/Linux
Working stateCurrent
Source modelShared source
Initial release2005
Latest release3.0.6
Latest preview3.8.19
Package managerdpkg
Kernel typeMonolithic kernel
Influenced byKnoppix
Default user interfaceEnlightenment
Official websitehttps://www.elivecd.org/

Elive is a Linux distribution based on Debian both for legacy (old) and new hardware. Elive uses the desktop environment Enlightenment. It is a Linux distribution with a live CD and a persistent USB image that allows the user to try it before actually installing.


Created early 2005 as a customized Knoppix Live CD running the Enlightenment desktop. The first version to appear publicly was called Elive[1]. Mentioned directly in Slashdot[2] and referenced multiple times by Distrowatch's Ladislav Bodnar and Susan Linton as a promising new distribution [3][4][5] in the UK based LinuxFormat magazine, as well as being offered on their cover-disc[6] in 2007.

In 2010, version 2.0 was released. Introducing extra features like upgrade mode, the nurse and more. [7] However, it required a payment for installation to hard disk which resulted in some animosity towards the operating system.[8]

Press coverage stayed favorable nonetheless, with especially Linux Magazine and Linux Journal touting the tight integration of the E17 window manager[9][10].

In 2017 Elive was used as a base for the AbantOS project[11] by Saint Paul College CSCI 2461-70 Computer Networking 3 - Linux, and 2482-40 Incident Handling & Disaster Recovery classes.

Eight years later, version 3.0 was released[12][13]. No longer pay-to-install, it's prolonged development cycle[14] as well as still being Debian Wheezy based resulted in criticism.

Currently the OS is in the 3.8.x beta series[15] and built on Debian Buster. The 64-bit[16] version does ask for a donation but there are other ways to obtain an ISO, such as writing a testimonial or joining the user forum) while the 32-bit version is completely free.


Currently 3 supported releases are available:

  • Stable (version 3.0.6), based on Debian Wheezy and E17. It works with anything from i586 (Pentium) architecture and above.
  • Beta, which is divided into a 32- and 64-bit release.
  • The 64-bit release brings all the perks of a 64-bit OS like modern hardware support and better software experience (like Steam working perfectly). Apart from this, there is essentially no difference with the 32 bit version. It uses the latest Linux kernel and is based on Debian 10 "Buster". E17 is no longer supported on Debian "Buster" making E16 the new default environment. The basic configuration includes cairo-dock and conky, plus a compositor allowing transparency.

All the old stable releases are available on the official website and also shared through torrent.[17]

System requirements[edit]

The minimum hardware requirements (according to the developer) for running Elive Stable 3.0 (32 bit) are[18]:

  • 500 MHz CPU (Pentium Pro and above, due to the limit of i686 architecture)
  • 192 MB of RAM
  • At least 5 GB of disk space (for full installation and swap space)
  • VGA graphics card capable of 640x480 resolution
  • DVD drive or USB flash drive and port

The minimum recommended hardware requirements for Elive Beta (32 and 64 bit) are:

  • 1 GHz (Athlon 1100 like)
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • At least 10 GB of disk space (for full installation and swap space)
  • VGA graphics card capable of hardware acceleration
  • DVD drive or USB flash drive and port

The basic setup to get a usable machine could be a Pentium 4 HT (or equivalent), 2GB of RAM, a 30GB 7200 rpm SATA hard disk and a hardware accelerated graphics card. These recommended requirements will give a snappy system but might not meet modern web browsing hardware requirements in some cases.

Related pages[edit]

  • List of Linux distributions
  • Enlightenment (window manager)


  1. "First Time Linux - Elive 0.3". linux.activityworkshop.net. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  2. https://tech.slashdot.org/story/05/07/18/2231249/elive-beta-enlightenment-sans-commitment
  3. Bodnar, Ladislav (2006-01-01). "Distrowatch: Download servers jammed by fans - Distro release teams caught off-guard by demand. Plus: Elive 0.3, distro upgrade tools". www.linuxformat.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  4. Linton, Susan (2009-07-01). "Distrowatch: Deal with the devil? - SUSE Linux Enterprise 11: Novell's commercial release. Plus: Elive, Parsix and kernel 2.6.29 features". www.linuxformat.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  5. Linton, Susan (2010-06-01). "Distrowatch: Elive Topaz 2.0" (PDF). www.linuxformat.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  6. "DVD 92 Elive - slick Live distro mixing Debian power and Enlightenment glitz. Plus: alternative OS megapack". www.linuxformat.com. 2007-05-01. Retrieved 2020-04-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Elive Stable 2.0 Topaz released". Elive Linux. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  8. "First Time Linux - Elive 2.0". linux.activityworkshop.net. Retrieved 2020-05-03.
  9. "Become Enlightened | Linux Journal". www.linuxjournal.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  10. Hilzinger, Marcel. "Elive 1.9.22 Ecomorphs Compiz with Enlightenment » Linux Magazine". Linux Magazine. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  11. FOSSClass/AbantOS-Elive, Open Source Class Materials, 2019-08-09, retrieved 2020-04-19
  12. Wallen, Jack (2018-05-25). "Elive-brings-enlightenment-linux-desktop". www.linuxjournal.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  13. Sharma, Mayank (2018-11-01). "Elive 3.0 review". www.linuxformat.com. Retrieved 2020-04-19. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. rascal23 (2019-05-16). "Elive Elevates Linux With Enlightenment". Full Circle Magazine. Retrieved 2020-04-19.
  15. "Elive Beta With Enlightenment Is Brilliant, but Don't Get Lost in the Maze". LinuxInsider. 2020-03-06. Retrieved 2020-06-13.
  16. "Elive 3.7.14 beta released + 64 BIT". Elive Linux. 2019-10-07. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  17. "Elive Old Releases".
  18. "Download Elive Linux - Stable". Elive Linux. Retrieved 2020-05-04.

External links[edit]

Category:Free software culture and documents Category:IA-32 Linux distributions Category:Operating system distributions bootable from read-only media Category:X86-64 Linux distributions

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