Testing Elive Gem with E17

I do not know if it will happen to you, but after having lunch at work there is a period of approximately 40 minutes in which productivity drops a lot (if not totally): razz: Those are the moments that with my friend and partner we do a small pause to comment on stupid things, have tea, decide what music to listen to or, as in the case of a few days ago, the trial version of Elive Gem with E17.


Since my friend doesn't use GNU / Linux at all (in fact, lately he's been delighted with Windows 7) I asked him to try it out and tell me what he thought about the distribution, and also to see if I could get him excited and at least give the livecd a chance.

Various impressions and conclusions

As expected, practically without configuring anything in particular (only select in the boot if you want to mount the NTFS partitions and some trifles of the graphics card) we managed to test the functionalities of this gem that is Elive.

The livecd has everything we need to get started. Spreadsheet, AbyWord for text management, GIMP for image management,  Mozilla Firefox (bug! Debian IceWeasel) as browser, aMSN as messaging client, Skype and Synaptic as package manager. Very complete.

El strong point of this distribution (which is also the weak point, it depends how you look at it) is that everything is functional. How is this? I tell you:

Every time one installs a distribution from scratch (it has happened to me with all the ones I used), one finds from the beginning with two terrible problems: I can't see videos y I can't listen to mp3's. Imagine you, a new user of GNU / Linux, install openSUSE (for example) and when you open your Firefox to enjoy Youtube, here you cannot see the videos. One must install the Adobe Flash plugin to see them, and after googling and struggling for a while, it succeeds… and feels like a champion / champion for a little while ... the little time it takes to come up with the idea of ​​listening to an mp3's, and you must go to Google again to find out that you must download some proprietary libraries. What to tell them if this noble user wants to take Compiz Fusion out, a tough fight awaits.

These inconveniences that seem minor and give us even tenderness (but that were so much like that when we had them) are not in Elive. As I was saying, everything is ready. Compiz is working by defaultExcept for some inconvenience of 3D acceleration or graphics card drivers, there are no problems. The cube rotates, the windows shake and catch fire to the rhythm of your favorite mp3's, by minimizing the browser it folds like a paper plane and flies away… flawless.


And what can be wrong with this, they will wonder: what everything is done fairly And when the user needs to solve a problem, either because he needs to install an application or update a repository, he is in serious trouble and upheavals begin. It is a Debian-based distribution, therefore If you know how to look for the answers, they will appear in heaps, but like all learning, the adaptation process must be done gradually, which is not the case here: distribution enters us through the eyes, not through functionality. A silly example: a couple of hours ago I installed an application (I think) and I still can't find it: |

Another issue is that the interface (despite being beautiful) not so intuitive. In fact, you have to do some rummaging here and there to find the applications, handle the themes, and configure Enlightenment or the window manager (Emerald).

My conclusion: me I would not recommend this distribution to start our way in GNU / Linux, beyond all the graphic and stylistic benefits that Elive Gem has, it is quite difficult to befriend the interface. But if you want to try it, I do recommend it, as it does not require very new or highly capable PCs. Special feature: we had to turn off the pc using the console, because no matter how hard we looked, we couldn't find the shutdown button (which I just discovered yesterday).


Finally, I leave you my friend's comment, which is the perfect summary of why I tell you that this distro is not for very new users.

Friend: - How cool! You see? This is the Linux that I want, that is nice and not so complicated...

N @ ty: - Yes, this barbarian ... do you take the livecd?

Friend: - And no ... if we can't even turn it off! [/ Sourcecode]

PD1: this post was made entirely using Elive's livecd, as well as the captures, which are his own and were not very pretty.

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  1.   N @ ty said

    @mentoL: is the power button visible? : razz:

  2.   L0rd5had0w said

    Ps seems like a pretty nice distribution to me and I find it interesting but as N @ ty says it is not very convenient for a new user but with a little interest in learning it would be very easy, well I'm going to download the LiveCd salu2 ...

  3.   N @ ty said

    @Mentol: yeah, I discovered it on the second or third day of using it. The middle mouse button also has options (access to desktops if I remember correctly)

    @jocho: you won't regret it, I assure you!

  4.   N @ ty said

    @ laura077: sudo halt friend;) that's how we turn it off

  5.   Menthol said

    Another option would be ubuntu-based opengeu which also uses Enlightenment, although the tux tux clan will give me a thumbs down

  6.   jojo said

    It looks very cute, I'm going to lower it I think :)

  7.   Menthol said

    the right click gives you the option: P

  8.   laura077 said

    Interesting, I tried Enlightenment a few months ago when I tried a lot of different window managers (I gave myself a bit of a beating hahaha) I installed fluxbuntu and wanting to try more, in addition to the fluxbox, I installed the E16, the bad of that was that as I did not have an input manager (kdm, gdm or xdm) that allowed me to choose ... well I could never enter fluxbox hahaha ... I look at it now and it is a real nonsense hahaha.


  9.   laura077 said

    N @ ty, not always, I recognize it, but the «poweroff» on the console can be infallible ... to turn off xD

  10.   N @ ty said

    @ffuentes: yes, the stable version yes ...

  11.   N @ ty said

    @Mundi: look here http://linuxadictos.com/2008/11/20/elive-gem-gnu-linux-hecho-arte/ Or, if you are interested, Google the official page. There you will find a lot of data.

  12.   Juan C said

    Around there I saw that Dreamlinux has practically the same characteristics as the distro you mention. You should take a look at it.

  13.   Corrupt Byte said

    No, Dreamlinux uses XFCE, while Elive uses E17.

    1.    f sources said

      I tried Enlightenment and it is as pretty as it looks, but I didn't find it funny outside of that.

      One question: is Elive still paid?

  14.   Mundi said

    And the link ???

  15.   Paul said

    I think a good option is to try to install the environment nothing else. since from what I saw many are interested in that. How it paints the question. In my case I couldn't help but try the e17 and it's great. Many things to touch. But it is true that it is often annoying that everything enters through the eyes. Because behind that there are many disadvantages. And well they are things that happen. Like the work of the subject with elive is something out of the ordinary. Achieving ordering all that is not easy.

  16.   nitsuga said

    There is nothing like sudo init 0 to shutdown: P. I also tried enlightment but I did not like it because it becomes annoying.

    In addition, I was looking for the configuration all day and could not find it. When I pressed the button on the cabinet to turn off (holy acpi) I don't know why I clicked on the desktop. I had already used the right click before. D'oh! there was everything.

  17.   evin said

    I installed it and it seems very good to me, it is simply a practice, with Ubuntu I spend a week locating where to look for the hardware list and others to configure the network and other basic things, I think this distribution is excellent. I recommend it for users who go from Ubuntu to another, and have good equipment to be able to enjoy it.

  18.   nitsuga said

    @evin: A typewriter is NOT necessary, in fact, it is made to run on a PC with 64 MB of RAM ...

  19.   author said

    mmm weird elive mm I'm new but now I have win xp bad because it sucks

    and I'm with live cd no more

    but I have never gotten all the capabilities of elive mm compiz just by default and things to do
    otherwise it is nice but more info is missing for those of us who do not know about debian