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Screenshot of a customised Elive Beta using E16
Company / developer Samuel F. Baggen
OS family Linux (Unix-like)
Working state Current
Source model Open source
Initial release January 2005; 19 years ago (2005-01)
Latest stable release 3.8.30
Latest unstable release 3.8.32
Available language(s) 75 languages
Package manager apt
Supported platforms i386, AMD64
Kernel type Monolithic (Linux kernel)
Influenced by Knoppix
Default user interface Enlightenment
License Various
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Elive is a non-commercial Linux distribution based on Debian. It uses the Enlightenment desktop environment, offering a live DVD and a persistent USB image for 32- and 64-bit computers with Intel or AMD x86 processors.


Elive was established in early 2005 as a customized Knoppix Live DVD running the Enlightenment desktop. The first version to appear publicly was called Elive and referenced multiple times by DistroWatch's Ladislav Bodnar and Susan Linton. It was also distributed by UK-based LinuxFormat magazine in 2007, as well as being offered on their cover-disc.

In July 2007, Susan Linton wrote for Distrowatch, "I love Elive and version 1.0 is a wonderful first full release. Just about everything works and works well." At the time, the review was somewhat mixed, with certain criticisms pertaining to laptop usage, such as (at that time) lack of CPU throttling, or WEP when connecting to WiFi.


Three separate versions are currently available, as of 1 July 2023:

  • Stable (version 3.0.6), based on Debian Wheezy and E17. It has a 32-bit release only.
  • Beta (now at version 3.8.30), which offers a 32- and 64-bit release. It is based on Debian Bullseye and uses the E16 desktop environment.
  • Retrowave Stable based on 3.8.32 Beta

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See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Elive para niños

  • Comparison of Linux distributions
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