Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 6th Jul 2007 11:02 UTC, submitted by alcibiades
Linux Elive, the distribution dedicated to E16 and E17, has reached the magical 1.0 barrier. "This version is ready for the end-users and not just hard core testers. It is a more intuitive easy to use and more efficient system. It has better integration of the file-manager and the mime-types, a nice kernel especially for multimedia and big processes loads, a light weight foot print, much better compatibility with your (possible) Windows system/software, more hardware supported, better graphical recognition, and many more things that you can find in the complete changelog."
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Review
by kjn9 on Tue 10th Jul 2007 13:39 UTC
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2006-01-17

Highlight
- Engage, the superb OS-X-like animated panel. (Note that, by default, the XFCE panel is used, not Engage).

Lowlight
- Elive will not load on my Via-based laptop.

- Elive is not just a live CD, but a distro with its own repository on top of Debian Etch.
- Elive borrows heavily from XFCE and Gnome. It is a showcase for the E17 window manager and desktop environment, not for E17 applications. By default it uses the XFCE panel and file manager (thunar), numerous Gnome configuration tools, and the urxvt terminal emulator.
- Elive is reliable, but lacks polish. The default settings have room for improvement: better (free) fonts, and more appropriate font sizes, could be used. My attempts to increase font sizes did not work. There is a lack of documentation. Even the project wiki is read-only.
- Some E17 tools are provided but are not started by default; they can be found if you delve into the packages and use the command line.
- The authors are entitled to ask us to pay for their work, but bear in mind that you can get a much more polished desktop distro for free. The people who will be most interested in Elive will be those who want to try out E17. I think that that the charging policy is short-sighted because the Elive project would benefit by attracting more contributors.

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