Next Linux Install? E-Live "Full Version"

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As most of my friends know, I am a Linux addict. Right now I have two different types installed on my laptop, Linux Mint, and 64 Studio. Both operating systems are based on Debian Linux, the most prevalent type of Linux out there. Both use the Gnome desktop. I’m in the mood for change (hmmm, change – why does that sound familiar). I am going to replace the Mint distro with E-Live Linux. OK, E-Live is also based on Debian, so there’s no change there, but the window manager featured in this distro is different – it’s Enlightenment. Enlightenment is designed to use less resources than the Gnome Desktop, so my laptop, an old pentium 4 HP Pavilion 5570, will run faster using this OS. Why is “faster” important? I graduated from college in 92 with a degree in telecommunications, with an emphasis on media production. Back in the day, we didn’t have digital video editors, and I have decided it’s about time I learn how to use one. In this case, I have chosen Cinelerra. Video editors are very resource intensive programs, and Gnome hogs those resources. By using the Enlightenment based E-Live, my computer will be able to run this program in a more efficient manner, freeing up memory and CPU for video editing. Besides that, Enlightenment just looks soo darned cool.

One other thing that’s interesting about E-Live, is that it is a full featured OS that can be run without installing it on your computer (Take That Windows!). I had played with the demo version of this OS when they introduced it a few years ago, and it was very good then, now it’s time to give it another go. But this time I’m going to install the full version. It will be fun to play with. Stay tuned.

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