January 11, 2011
Although I’ve tried keeping the links on my first article on Elive updated, they have constantly been changed and/or deleted (obviously) by Elive developers. For instance, MacBook beta .iso repositories and torrent pages with stable releases have been eliminated, the link to the license guaranteeing the right to modify the .iso has been taken down, a page declaring a new license has been updated (mentioning the license has been entirely rewritten [there no longer is mention of the CC licence and suggests abiding by the particular license of each program component]), and the once public sources.list is no longer.
Furthermore, I’m not sure if the MacBook part of the project continues, or ever matured past beta. The MacBook page continues to say that the project is near a stable release and has done so for years it seems. It isn’t listed on the side menu either, and I’m relatively sure it was at one point. The MacBook page links to servers, some of which are dead links or don’t have MacBook dev .isos. On stable .iso servers, there is mention of a MacBook version in the parent folder, but this is quite dated (Dec. 01, 2008, unstable version 1.9.18). Presumably, this was the last MacBook release, unless the MacBook flavour has been incorporated into the regular Intel releases, but I fail to see any evidence of this.
At some point, the Elive model changed from the commonly accepted “install free of cost” to a “install, but not free of cost”. Despite it’s clear “the money” is in the customer service section (in the OS sector), the FAQ states that Elive would not have bells and whistles without the cost stipulation.
Still, it’s a slick distro. … no doubt about that!
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