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Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Elive is based on Debian and uses the Enlightenment window manager rather than KDE or Gnome. The version I picked for this review is the 1.9.35 release which is currently labeled as unstable.
Pay? I Have to Pay For Elive? WTF, Jim!
Before I get into this review, Elive is not a “free” distribution in the sense that it’s like free beer. In the past there has been a charge (in the form of a donation) for you to be able to download the stable version of Elive. Unstable releases remain free to download.
This seems to be changing though as the Elive site now says that you will be able to download Elive for free in the next release and can run it as a Live CD but you will be required to make a donation if you want to install it to your system.
So is it okay for a developer to require a donation to download their version of Linux? Absolutely. I have no problem with it whatsoever as “free software” does not necessarily mean free as in “free beer.”