Elive is supposed to be an easy-to-use desktop edition using the Enlightenment desktop. In practice I found quite a few shortcomings.
The default desktop, which is fairly streamined and simple. It's also quite fast for being a live CD.
By default there are a few icons in a Dock, an icon for Wireless and Battery charging, a Clock, and 12 virtual desktops (yes, there are 12 of them).
And then we hit the first snag.
As you can see, it can't even take a proper screenshot, probably because it wants to hide this behavior. But I think you can get the idea even with the huge white box covering up most of the dialog.
The ISO image is freely downloadable from Elive's website, however as you can see, the installer requires a payment of some kind in order to install. There is absolutely NO mention of this on their website, nor does it even specify what the price is! Both of which are huge show-stoppers.
Some digging reveals that the actual cost for an "install module" is 15 dollars. For some tiny piece of software that is only going to be used once, I think charging anything more than one dollar is ridiculous, no matter how good the piece of software is, or how long it took to make. It would take longer to create a live CD and they aren't charging for that, now are they?
I guess I shouldn't complain, it's not like anyone was ever interested in trying it out anyways. I'm surprised they're still in business actually.
Apparently not paying for an install module counts as an application crash. Nice.
Like any other Enlightenment desktop-driven distro, the main menu is hidden and can only be accessed by clicking on the desktop.
Right-clicking opens up a context menu, like one would expect.