It's not a matter of reinventing the wheel. Elive has always used Enlightenment as it's DE.
Exton like AltLinux offers fully configured DEs slapped on to their base system to give people an idea on how they function.
AltLinux does a better job of the 2 IMO. It's based on RosaLinux which in turn is a Mandriva fork.
They've multiple versions on offer with many different DEs which gives anice comparison as to what could be possible and how they differ in RAM and CPU usage.
The big diff with Elive is that it will be totally built, including the base system to accommodate Enlightenment.
Another big diff is that Elive uses the latest Enlightenment builds, i.e E23 at the moment, opposed to E20 on the others.
Hi friend. Very good detailed reply. Thank you so much. will stay with elive x64 and play with it. Not ready to make it my goto distro, as I have used my faithful MX xfce for many years and am familiar with it as a productive, stable tool. Having a problem to make my usb with elive persistent. Cheers.
Just a quick question. I no longer use thunderbird email, mainly because it does not sync reliably with gmail, gcalender, etc. I now use gnome evolution pim. It's great, and very functional and simple. Can I use evolution with elive? I should be able to. yes?
I recently moved from thunderbird to Sylpheed and i'm really satisfied. I use email just for emails, so i don't care about syncing anything, so it's perfect. Moreover i love the get all button reminds me of hotmail when i was a child.
Been playing with Elive Beta 64 on usb persistent. Too much learning curve and wasted time. I will continue with my very stable MX18 xfce. (I have Mint xfce as backup, in case, or when using gparted) Until elive becomes a VERY usable distro, with advantages over other competitors, it will stay a hobby distro. Sorry. My 2 bobs worth.