Author: Thanatermesis Language: text
Description: Elive Timestamp: 2020-05-12 18:34:34 +0000
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  1. Hello Chris!
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  3. > Is there anything we should know or be sure to mention, about the project in our coverage?
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  5. Oh well so many things and topics, but I will try to summarize them a bit to make you know more about the project:
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  7. - About the project, development, and donations:  It is developed by a single person (me) and sometimes receiving a bit of help from volunteers, in the past I was able to pay somebody for a full time work development help, but at the moment I'm alone (donations are not enough anymore to pay extra help) and that's a reason of why donations is crucial for the survival of the project (its my full time job and the only way to continue making elive amazing and with a fast development).  I mention that because sometimes we can see some complains on internet about elive asking for donations "too much" but its the only way to make the project survive and we also provided cost-free options for those who cannot donate (at the moment only the 64bit version requires a donation but this will be removed for the stable version and I will probably announce soon a direct cost-free download for this 64bit version due to the covid situation and the promoting to "stay in house"). In the end we don't care too much about the few complaints that can exist, so Elive is only for those who appreciate it, we don't want to monopolize the world with it and in fact, having more users means more work, more resources and more time to invest.
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  9. - About the Elive purpose's: It's hard to position a specific role for Elive since it aims to be better in every sense, this of course doesn't means that is the distro to pick for use to develop in Node.js, or use it for Kubernetes, or some very specific things(there's already distros which focuses on that and put the best work for these purposes), but since its based on Debian with a good customization compatibility you can still use it for any purpose or transform it in other things. Quoting LinuxInsider recent article, "Elive is one of the most multipurpose and different Linux distributions you are likely to encounter." ( https://linuxinsider.com/story/elive-beta-with-enlightenment-is-brilliant-but-dont-get-lost-in-the-maze-86548.html )  We can say that can be used by a novice person of any age or advanced programmers, it simply offers a great and user-friendly interface, with a strong work put on being light and fast, and aiming to be extremely stable and secure for a reliable daily work.
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  11. - About Elive features: Unfortunately, I spend too much time in developing Elive without announcing much its features or not even write on the website which features has, I hopefully do it soon because I found essential to have that, the only thing we can see in the website is a small introduction of the characteristics but there's nothing mentioned about the very powerful customizations for the terminal, any medium user can see it after to play a bit with it, discovering new features every moment a new thing happen, the terminal shows a "help" tip on which if you run it you can see the amazing features that are available, if you type "el_" and press TAB you can see a good amount of own functions that can turn your shell in a powerful framework to develop, VIM is also very customized for a full IDE suite and features that makes it more amazing. The hotkeys PDF shows a demo of what can be done and even if a bit underestimated, an amazing power comes to the user after having played a bit with these hotkeys. Elive is full of auto-configurations and guided or automated features (they appear in the moment that a specific thing is detected) that make the full experience every day better and where things simply work as how they should be. Let me try to remember a few examples: like installing extra drivers when a specific hardware is detected, configuring your fonts sizes based on your screen resolution, a dynamic installer of the distro that optimizes for lightness in low-end computers or enable extra features for powerful ones, an own persistence system that saves different desktop settings per each different computer detected and other many features, like full encryption by default (also for the installed system), a selection of the best available software included, a few included cached debs to enable offline features (these things makes the ISO bigger but the installer takes care of removing unnecesary things and optimize others), default customizations for apps and ad blockers included by default in the browser, tools to automatically fix things like a watched of space used, possible stuck processes, detectors of hard disk errors and strong shakings of the computer, a good multimedia support, optimized video playbacks based in your graphic card... WELL! I surely forgot many many points but I will list all fo them in an unknown future on the website :)
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  13. - About the actual versions: we have at the moment the stable and the beta versions, they are really different in many senses, for example the stable version is very old but offers the best user experience, intuitiveness, beautyful, and features, includes the Enlightenment 17 desktop very customized for Elive and with the compiz integrated directly . The beta version instead includes much newer drivers and developed features, more compatible with any computers and also its available on 64bit, but the desktop is very difference since its used Enlightenment 16 as a temporary desktop for the development, Enlightenment 16 is not a bad thing but is very different and Elive took the care to customize and feature it with everything needed, it is true that has less features but offers an extremely rock solid and totally unbreakable desktop, I can truly believe that this should be one of the most stable systems in the world, in the end, Enlightenment 16 is loved by many people and deserves a good try for those who never tried before.
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  16.   * if you have an old computer where the Stable version can run, it is very worth to play with it for a few days and discover all its things
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  19. Thanks again and will wait your news :)
  20. Thanatermesis
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