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Elive 3.8.4
Screenshot of Elive 3.8.4
DeveloperSamuel F. Baggen
OS familyDebian GNU/Linux
Working stateCurrent
Source modelShared source
Latest release3.8.7 / May 2, 2020 (2020-17-02)
Latest preview3.8.8
Kernel typeMonolithic kernel
Default user interfaceEnlightenment
Official websitehttp://www.elivecd.org/

Elive (or Enlightenment live CD).[1] is a Linux distribution based on Debian 10 "Buster" 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 installing it on the system and not lose any work.


Elive was born in Belgium prior to 2005 as a private experiment by its founder to customize a Knoppix Live CD running the Enlightenment desktop[2] and with the designs based in the Evil Entity distro, it was called Tezcatlipotix[3], and since the result was better than expected the desire to create a public version started.

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

In 2010, version 2.0 (code-name Topaz) was released. It introduced some much wanted features, like upgrade mode, the nurse and more. [4] However, it was still pay-to-install, and this resulted in much hate toward the operating system.

In 2018, eight years later, version 3.0 was released. It introduced many bug fixes, and was no longer pay-to-install, but because it took so long to develop it was still based off of Debian Wheezy, which also resulted in hate.[5]

Now the OS is at 3.8.8 (beta). The 64-bit version is donationware (but there are other ways to obtain an ISO, such as writing a testimonial) but the 32-bit version is completely free, which increased the user-base by a lot. Plus, the preview versions switched the base to Debian "Buster", which resulted in newer software.[6][7]


Elive has access to online repositories of Debian (Buster for beta, Wheezy for old stable) and uses its own repositories with more than 2500 packages that includes specific software for Elive, extra software, or packages that replace the default ones provided by Debian, improving the overall system and integrity. Elive comes with a complete set of included software to fit any needs; for example free programs as LibreOffice, Chromium, Firefox, Thunderbird, VLC media player, GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Skype, VirtualBox, and Shotwell, among others.

Elive old stable has 3D effects without need of an accelerated graphic card (though is suggested), thanks to the integration between E17 and Compiz (Ecomorph). The Beta version supports the newest Linux kernel and is available both for i686 and amd64 architectures, though it drops the support to E17 (which is not compatible with Debian Buster) in favor of E16, which, despite being older, is much more stable and well supported by modern distributions. It is fairly easy to upgrade to E23, which is considered the future desktop environment of this OS.


At the moment 3 supported releases are available:

  • Stable, the version 3.0.3, which is based on Debian Wheezy and E17. It works with anything from i586 (Pentium) architecture and above. Despite the old software and repositories, this version is still widely used and appreciated due to the incredible 3D graphical effects that make using it a joy.
  • Beta, which is divided into a 32- and 64-bit release. The 64-bit release brings all the perks of a 64-bit OS, among modern hardware support and better software experience (like Steam working perfectly). Apart from this, there is essentially no difference. The beta version uses the latest Linux kernel and is based upon Debian 10 "Buster". E17 is no longer supported on Debian "Buster" so E16 is 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 shared through torrent[8]

System requirements[edit]

The minimum hardware requirements (according to the developer) for running Elive (32 bit) are:

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

The minimum recommended hardware requirements 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
  • CD-ROM drive or USB flash drive and port

The basic setup to get a daily usable device could be a Pentium 4 HT (or equivalent), 2GB of ram, a 30GB 7200 rpm SATA hard disk and a graphic accelarated graphics card; the previous recommended requirements would still give a snappy system, but they would not meet modern web browsing requirements (so the experience with Firefox or Chromium may not be the best), which is out of the OS's control: for that reason Elive also ships some low resources browsers like Netsurf and Links2, though they are unable to visualize every website correctly.

Related pages[edit]

Other websites[edit]

Category:Linux distributions Category:Live CD Category:Debian-based Linux distributions


  1. "DistroWatch.com: Elive". distrowatch.com. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  2. "Interview with the Founder".
  3. "Thanatermesis - tezcatlipotix". Youtube.
  4. "Elive Stable 2.0 Topaz released". Elive Linux. 2010-03-10. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  5. "Elive 3.0 Stable is released!". Elive Linux. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  6. "Download Beta". Elive Linux. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  7. "Elive 3.7.14 beta released + 64 BIT". Elive Linux. 2019-10-07. Retrieved 2020-03-05.
  8. "Elive Old Releases".

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