Elive rl2 -- Call it what you want Elive makes Enlightenment work
There is always something interesting afloat in my email box. My last review was my first second round review of a distro, with the latest coming out of Dreamlinux. While I was working on that one, I had been working with my new laptop to get another second timer Elive to work, which came out on Christmas day. Elive, the distro named as the fastest climber on distrowatch for 2006, was one of my favorite suprises and one where I truly ended up leaving a distro on my laptop until it died later in the year. So once I published the Dream, of course I get a couple of emails letting me know that Elive also had a great new release out and where was my updated review? Patience people, patience...
What sets Elive apart, well to quote their website;
"Elive is not made for newbies. Elive is not made for experienced people. Elive is not made for enterprises or personal use... Elive is art, Elive is simply for the people who appreciate it and want it. Feel free to try Elive, because only you decide what you want on this world!"
So being called art could be good or bad, depending on your personal tastes. For me, it goes beyond the look and into the function. Like Vector, another smaller distro with a similar following, Elive is also one of the slickest and fastest distros out there today. With Elive 0.6, or rl2 as it is called on their website, this has only improved. Now, one of my test laptops had some networking issues, but another had absolutely no issue with anything, with wireless and video being flawless on install. This alone sets Elive apart from the crowd, and then when you add the look and feel being so unique, well, just keep reading and let the screen shots speak for themselves.
For those who already enjoy Elive, in the Bonus section we include a great interview with Thanatermesis which I hope you will enjoy.
Let's head back to Belgium and see what is new, shall we?