This distro looks interesting, but I really don't like the fact that they aren't sticking with one desktop manager. They seem to flip-flop between releases.
I also think automatix kinda makes a distro like this pretty irrelevant.
I have not had any major issues with Edgy yet, I'm suprised so many people are not happy with it. Everything, including beryl, works fine on the old machine that I configured it on.
I have to say, the more I use elive, the more I want to get ubuntu back on my machine. E17 has some really nice advantages (speed for one), but lacks in so many areas. The file managers are pathetic, the elive panel is the most poorly configured panel ever, Editing features is completely illogical, adding menu items is a pain and basic configurations are tedious at best. The E17 team really needs a good UI designer to fix some of these things. All this stuff is fixable so I'm going to be optimistic.
I think I might try Arch before I put ubuntu back on my desktop machine.