First Look: Elive E17 Compiz
Feb 17, 2009, 20:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Pop-Silaghi)
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"After watching that video, we decided to put it to the test on
one of our machines to see if all that buzz around it was really
worth it. For more fun, the test PC was sort of a prehistoric one
with 512 MB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce FX 5200 (yeah...). Well,
it wasn't just for fun, but it was also a very good way to evaluate
Elive's performance under such extreme conditions.
"Popped the Live CD in, chose to use the "nvidia-old drivers" at
bootup and the desktop was up and running in a reasonable amount of
time. If you didn't use the Enlightenment desktop manager before,
you'll need some time to get the hang of it. All the menus are
hidden under both mouse clicks (left and right) on the desktop.
There is also a dock-like bar present on the bottom of the screen.
An open window switcher is smartly placed in the top left corner of
the screen. What's not so smart is the fact that you'll only see
the icons of all your open apps (no text tooltip on mouse-over
either) and if you have, let's say, three instances of Firefox you
will be absolutely clueless about which is which until you actually