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First Look: Elive E17 Compiz

Feb 17, 2009, 20:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Pop-Silaghi)

"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 restore them."

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