Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Released – Detailed Review and Installation Instructions

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.

Bodhi Linux 3.0 Installation Guide

Bodhi Linux 3.0 Review and Installation Guide

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.

Requirements

  1. RAM : 128 MB and above
  2. HDD : 2.5 GB and above
  3. PROCESSOR : 300MHz and above
  4. Platform : i386 and AMD64

Salient Features of Bodhi Linux

  1. No need of High end machine to run Bodhi GNU/Linux.
  2. Enlightenment windows manager built directly from the development repository makes it highly customizable, gives it higher level of modularity and a variety of theme.
  3. A collection of lightweight application.
  4. Most of the applications developed are written in C and Python.
  5. The standard system is so fast that you get Live working environment from boot in 10 sec.
  6. 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

  1. bash 4.3
  2. gcc 4.8.2
  3. grub 2.02(beta)
  4. gtk+ 3.10.8
  5. Linux Kernel 3.16
  6. perl 5.18.2
  7. python 2.7.5
  8. systemd 204
  9. vim 7.4
  10. 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.

Bodhi Linux Boot Menu

Bodhi Linux Boot Menu

3. Bodhi Linux Loading.

Loading Bodhi Linux

Loading Bodhi Linux

4. Enlightenment windows manager settings being loaded.

Enlightenment Settings Loading

Enlightenment Settings Loading

5. Enlightenment (Default) Desktop Environment.

Enlightenment Desktop

Enlightenment Desktop

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!

DuckDuckgo Search

DuckDuckgo Search

7. A list of system tools which include eepDater, Enlightenment File Manager, Epulse, esudo and Terminology in the drop down box.

Bodhi Tools

Bodhi Tools

8. Terminology – The default terminal emulator in action. Notice the cursor that is an eye candy.

Terminology Terminal

Terminology Terminal

9. The default text editor ‘epad‘ in action.

epad editor

epad editor

10. The default photo viewer ‘Ephoto‘ in action.

Ephoto Photoviewer

Ephoto Photoviewer

11. eepDater which is a system updater application when executed asking for password in GUI using application esudo.

eepDater: System Updater

eepDater: System Updater

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.

eepDater Package Updates

eepDater Package Updates

13. esudo application in action. Just provide the command and user password who has the permission to execute that command and you are done.

esudo Appliction in action

esudo Appliction in action

14. Settings window – Its seemed a bit wired. Every settings option in one window would be more proffered than this cluster.

Setting Window

Setting Window

15. Applications window – contains application group together.

Applications Window

Applications Window

16. Wallpaper, Application theme, colors, Font and themes settings.

Desktop Settings

Desktop Settings

17. Bodhi has 2 modes to use your machine – Presentation mode and offline mode.

Bodhi Working Modes

Bodhi Working Modes

18. Ahh I must say it has some very colorful and delicious wallpapers and GUI users will surely appreciate it.

WallPaper Settings

WallPaper Settings

19. Composite settings – for visual effects. You may alter the settings as per your requirements.

Composite Settings

Composite Settings

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.

Warning Message

Warning Message

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3 Responses

  1. Peter Thomas says:

    Sir, what a review. Bow down sir.

    I am the CEO of a small commercial Linux Application based company in New Jersey. Would you like to join the same for the post of CMD or Advisory board? Please send me your email Address. Waiting for your reply.

  2. Abdel says:

    It’s a fabulous distro. It magically managed to combine two uncombinable features: eye-candy and nimbleness. Besides it’s rock solid stable. Well-done!

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