Bodhi GNU/Linux is a Ubuntu-based distribution designed especially for Desktop computing and is best known for its elegant and lightweight nature. The Distribution philosophy is to provide a minimal base system that can be populated with the applications as per user’s choice. The base System only include those applications which are essentially required viz., ‘Etecad‘ File Manager, ‘Midori‘ web browser, ‘Terminology‘ terminal emulator, ePhoto and ePad. Apt or AppCenter can be used to download and install lightweight applications in one go.
Standard Bodhi Gnu/Linux is designed for Intel compatible processor with an alpha release version for ARM Processor (Tablet computing) based on Debian GNU/Linux. The ARM processor version of Bodhi is no more officially supported, in lack of time. Built on the top of Ubuntu long term support release, Bodhi releases security fixes on daily basis for a period of 5 years. The most notable point is Bodhi has no release on short term support. Package manager or command line can be used to update Bodhi.
You may go through the short video posted below which fairly depicts the testing and installation of Bodhi Linux 3.0.
- RAM : 128 MB and above
- HDD : 2.5 GB and above
- PROCESSOR : 300MHz and above
- Platform : i386 and AMD64
Salient Features of Bodhi Linux
- No need of High end machine to run Bodhi GNU/Linux.
- Enlightenment windows manager built directly from the development repository makes it highly customizable, gives it higher level of modularity and a variety of theme.
- A collection of lightweight application.
- Most of the applications developed are written in C and Python.
- The standard system is so fast that you get Live working environment from boot in 10 sec.
- Installing Bodhi from Live distro is merely few clicks away.
Bodhi Linux just announced the release of Bodhi 3.0.0, which is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Core.
Important Packages in Bodhi Repo
- bash 4.3
- gcc 4.8.2
- grub 2.02(beta)
- gtk+ 3.10.8
- Linux Kernel 3.16
- perl 5.18.2
- python 2.7.5
- systemd 204
- vim 7.4
- X server 1.15.1
Now we will take you to the journey of Bodhi starting from booting to Live environment and then installations followed by a quick review. Here we go!
1. First go the official page of Bodhi Linux and grab the Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 for your system architecture and make it bootable using CD/DVD or UDB Drive, and restart the system.
2. Once your system reboots, you will presented with Bodhi Linux boot menu.
3. Bodhi Linux Loading.
4. Enlightenment windows manager settings being loaded.
5. Enlightenment (Default) Desktop Environment.
The latest build of Enlightenment which comprises of a dock at the top of screen comprises root (not to be confused with root user) folder, Home folder, Installation executables, Temporary folders, Enlightenment file manager, Midori web browser, quick updates, workspace switcher, network, battery percentage remaining, as usual date and time and power-off/shutdown/lock and other options.
6. Midori web browser in action. And yeah! The default search engine of Midori is Duckduckgo and guess what I used Duckduckgo to search Google.LOL!
7. A list of system tools which include eepDater, Enlightenment File Manager, Epulse, esudo and Terminology in the drop down box.
8. Terminology – The default terminal emulator in action. Notice the cursor that is an eye candy.
9. The default text editor ‘epad‘ in action.
10. The default photo viewer ‘Ephoto‘ in action.
11. eepDater which is a system updater application when executed asking for password in GUI using application esudo.
12. eepDater showing a list of packages to be upgraded. You may select a particular package or all the packages at once to upgrade it.
13. esudo application in action. Just provide the command and user password who has the permission to execute that command and you are done.
14. Settings window – Its seemed a bit wired. Every settings option in one window would be more proffered than this cluster.
15. Applications window – contains application group together.
16. Wallpaper, Application theme, colors, Font and themes settings.
17. Bodhi has 2 modes to use your machine – Presentation mode and offline mode.
18. Ahh I must say it has some very colorful and delicious wallpapers and GUI users will surely appreciate it.
19. Composite settings – for visual effects. You may alter the settings as per your requirements.
20. The warning message which says that – you disabled the screensaver too fast, you may like to use presentation mode which will disable screensaver, lock and power savings, temporarily.