elive was the last stop on this little four-day distro-hopping junket for the ugly little laptop, and to be honest, I only tried it because someone suggested it on one of the other reviewlets. Unfortunately, some real-life issues intervened yesterday, and I couldn’t spend more than an hour or so with it.
I’m glad I took a look though: This is a very impressive desktop. I’ll let the screenshots off the home page do the talking (mostly because I never set up anything different).
From the live environment, this has to be the most impressive setup I’ve seen thus far, even if it does step outside the XFCE boundaries I had drawn earlier this week. You couldn’t ask for a more beautiful setup, particularly on a machine that was intended for Windows 98.
Desktop effects are a top priority, and it shows. Animated sparkling wallpaper and shimmering mouseover effects. A throbber bar with a follower, in addition to an animated right-click menu. Embossed miniature windows in the workspace switcher. Even the bootup menu is more beautiful than most of the systems I build by myself. I’m ashamed.
And from a performance standpoint, it’s not the drag I expected it would be. The live CD booted in a matter of minutes, and in general there was no insufferable lag while it accessed the CD … or at least no more than I anticipated.
Like I said, I didn’t install this one (which is why I don’t have my own screenshots), partly because it’s a development release, and partly because I’m keen on getting a complete and stable system in place before my weekend starts. I also don’t like the idea of criticising a development release. (I hate it when people complain about installing alpha versions of Ubuntu when, in most cases, they shouldn’t be messing with prerelease software anyway )
But it’s definitely made me curious. It’s unusual enough and beautiful enough to warrant further inspection, either this weekend or in the immediate future.
For now though, I need to dig out my 7.04 alternate disc.