A new version of Bodhi Linux, the Ubuntu-based Linux distribution, is available for download. Bodhi Linux 4.2 is the second minor update in the 4.x series and, accordingly, has a relatively minor change-log to match. What’s Bodhi Linux? If you’re unfamiliar with the distro (which you may well be) the tl;dr is this: it’s a lightweight […]
There are times in life when less is really more, and that’s quite true with certain Linux distributions. Bodhi Linux 3.0 is a desktop distribution that uses the Enlightenment window manager to provide a light-weight alternative to other distros that use full-blown desktop environments such as Cinnamon, MATE, Unity, etc.
Bodhi Linux 3.0 is also quite sparing in its inclusion of desktop applications compared to other distributions. I’ll have more to say about that in the software section, but the bottom line is that Bodhi is geared toward minimalists rather than users who want tons of software installed by default.
What’s new in Bodhi Linux 3.0 Here’s a sample of the new features in this release:
Bodhi Linux 3.0 download and install You can download Bodhi Linux 3.0 from the official download page. You can get Bodhi Linux 3.0 in 32-bit or 64-bit versions. There’s also a legacy version, and a version for Chromebooks. Bodhi Linux 3.0 is a live distribution, so you can check it out without having to do an install on your computer.
The Bodhi installer is easy to use and you will see a slideshow while your install completes. The slideshow provides some basic information about Bodhi, and it will probably be appreciated by those who are completely new to this distribution.
During the install you’ll have the option to completely erase your disk by using the default partitioning, or you can opt to set up your own preferred partitions. For this review I opted to use the default partitioning.
My install was quick, and I had no problems with it.
Bodhi Linux 3.0 desktop The first thing you’ll see when your desktop loads is a browser window that pops up with the Bodhi Linux Quick Start Guide loaded in it. Don’t just close this window if you are new to Bodhi, take a moment to look at what’s listed there as it covers some important things such as how to use the Enlightenment window manager, and how to install software. There are also links to an FAQ and other helpful resources.
If you’ve never used the Enlightenment window manager then you’re in for a bit of a treat. It’s quite different than Cinnamon, MATE or other desktop environments. Speedy is one word to accurately describe Enlightenment. It is very fast indeed compared to some of the chunkier desktop environments found in other distributions.
You’ll find a panel (called shelf in Enlightenment) at the top with the usual icons such as the menu, web browser, file manager, updates, multiple desktops, volume, date/time and shutdown. If you prefer you can simply left-click the desktop to pull up the same menu that appears when you click the white arrow in the panel.
The menu lets you access applications, navigate, take a screenshot, tweak your desktop or Windows, access system settings and other useful items. If you’re new to Bodhi then it’s worth browsing the main menu to familiarize yourself with what’s there because you’ll probably need one thing or the other at some point.
If you prefer, you can move the shelf by right-clicking it, then clicking shelf then on orientation. From there you can move it to the bottom or wherever else you feel like putting it. I left it at the top as I found that it worked fine for me there. But others users might feel more comfortable with it in a different spot on the desktop.
The desktop itself has three icons on it: Home, Root and Temp. The wallpaper is dark, as is the theme, and the Bodhi Linux logo appears in the center of the wallpaper. If you find that you want a change in scenery, pull up the Settings panel and then click on Wallpaper. There are a number of colorful wallpapers you can choose from that will brighten up the Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 desktop.
Based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 ships with Enlightenment E19.3 and since it’s intended to be lightweight, it only ships with a few applications by default: Midori (web browser) 0.5.9, nm-applet (connection manager applet) 0.9.8 and of course, a few Enlightenment-specific applications like Terminology (terminal emulator) 0.8.0, ePad (text editor) 0.9.0, ePhoto (picture viewer) 20150125 build, eepDater (update manager) 0.14 and Enlightenment File Manager.
It’s also worth mentioning with this release, Bodhi Linux is using the Numix (Bevel) icons by default.
Under the hood, Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 ships with Xorg server 1.15.1, Mesa 10.1.3 and Linux Kernel 3.16 and besides the regular 32bit and 64bit ISOs, there’s also a “legacy” ISO which ships with a non-PAE (3.2) Linux Kernel and i486 support, so it can be used on old hardware, as well as a Chromebook ISO (for Chromebooks which include SeaBIOS).
Below you’ll find a few Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 screenshots:
Along with Bodhi Linux 3.0.0, the Bodhi AppCenter, Wiki and Forums were also updated. Besides an overhauled design, the AppCenter (a small online software database especially created for Bodhi Linux, which you can use to browse, search and install applications) has received an improved search as well as a rating system:
Since the startof the Bodhi project all news related to it has been posted on this blogger site. This is just a quick note that all official Bodhi announcements will be hosted on the Bodhi Linux blog page moving forward. This is a long overdue change as this blog here was always intended for my personal technology related things and Bodhi has become so much more than just a project of my own over the years.
Just wanted to let folks know in case they were subscribed to this page purely for Bodhi news. Moving forward it will be strictly postings about my smaller projects (like ePad) and random thoughts on other things related to technology.
If you follow me on GitHub then you likely noticed I have added a few projects in the last few days. One of these projects has been on my TODO list for awhile – cleaning up the old remastersys script I have always used to create the Bodhi Linux ISO images for the last few years. Today I am pleased to announce you can find my fork of remastersys dubbed “BodhiBuider” on GitHub here.
The couple of notable changes I have made so far are:
XZ compression to decrease image size
Starting support for UEFI booting
Default Bodhi branding
If you take the time to peruse the code and have any suggestions for improvement please feel free to share.
Great news for Enlightenment fans: Bodhi Linux returns with a new release – 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded.
About four months ago, Jeff Hoogland stopped working on Bodhi Linux. However, a couple of day ago, he announced that he’s returning in “full capacity as project manager/lead developer“. Along with his return, Jeff also announced the release of Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded.
Bodhi Linux is a fast, minimalistic Linux distribution based on Ubuntu LTS, which uses the Enlightenment Desktop. The latest Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded is based on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and it ships with the Enlightenment 19.2 desktop and EFL/Elementary 1.12.2.
Since the Bodhi Linux philosophy is to provide a minimal base only, so that users can install the applications that want to use, Bodhi Linux ships with just a few applications by default.
Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 includes Midori (web browser) 0.5.9, nm-applet (connection manager applet) 0.9.8 and of course, a few Enlightenment-specific applications like Terminology (terminal emulator) 0.7.0, ePad (text editor) 0.5, ePhoto (picture viewer) 20150116 build, eepDater (update manager) 0.11 and of course, the Enlightenment File Manager.
Here are a few Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded screenshots:
According to Jeff’s announcement, the 3.0.0 release “will have a more uniform look, instead of requiring the user to choose what the system looks like when it first starts up. This makes setup easier for new users, while Enlightenment still allows power users the configuration options they crave“. As a result, there’s only one profile available by default in Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2, unlike the previousreleases which included quite a few profiles by default.
It’s also important to mention that there are three Bodhi Linux ISOs available for download: 32bit, 64bit and “Legacy”. The Legacy ISO whips with a non-PAE Linux Kernel (3.2) and i486 support, so it can be used on old hardware.
The stable Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 release should come out next month.
Just over four months ago I announced that I was stepping down from the active role I had maintained in the Bodhi Linux project since it started a little over four years ago. Today I am happy to share that I am returning in my full capacity as project manager/lead developer and I come bearing gifts!
Over the past couple of weeks I have re-familiarized myself with what has been going on in the land of Enlightenment and cleaning up the Bodhi build scripts (which you can find on my GitHub). Today I am pleased to share what I have been referring to as a “Reloaded” version of work on this third major release. To cut right to the chase I would like to share download links for the “Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded” release.
The “Legacy” ISO image is a special disc tailored for older hardware. It contains the same core software as the 32/64bit releases with the following exceptions:
Non-PAE Linux Kernel 3.2 with i486 support
Enlightenment 17.6 Desktop
Unlike previous Bodhi Linux releases, the 3.0.0 release will have a more uniform look, instead of requiring the user to choose what the system looks like when it first starts up. This makes setup easier for new users, while Enlightenment still allows power users the configuration options they crave.
Live Image Splash
While I am not calling this a stable release, there is a good chance these images strongly resemble what our stable release will look like when it comes out next month.
You can get support installing/using Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded in the Bodhi Linux 3 section of our user forums. I would ask that you please do not post requests for support on this blog post as the comments section here is not designed for troubleshooting.
Thanks for giving Bodhi Linux and Enlightenment a try.
A week ago I posted that I was stepping down from my position as doing the primary development work for the Bodhi Linux project. I just wanted to clear the air that this change does not mean that the project is shutting down. In the previous post I ask for folks looking to help and since then I have talked to a number of different people and currently have a few different people working to take over my previous duties.
So let me make one thing clear for worried folks:
Bodhi is not dead and a 3.0 release will be happening still.
New timelines are still being figured out and when the new folks working on development have their footing fully underneath them they will be sharing more information I am sure. As for myself, I will still be sparing enough time to the project to field questions the new folks might have and provide insights wherever needed – I just won’t directly be doing the heavy lifting any longer.
I am sure anyone who has been following the Bodhi project has taken note that the 3.0.0 release timeline has not happened as expected. Due to a variety of reasons I would like to announce today that I will no longer be actively developing Bodhi Linux.
Bodhi has been a labor of love for me that was started nearly four years ago. In that time all of the other original team members fell away. In fact I have worked with dozens of different people over the course of the last few years. I have made friends and learned more than I could have ever imagined.
With that being said, even though I no longer have the bandwidth to actively develop Bodhi, I know many enjoy using the project. So if you are reading this and have an interest in picking up where I am leaving off, please contact me. All Bodhi related code can be found on my GitHub page and I am more than happy to help guide you in the right direction with how things work as you are getting started.
To our users out there, thanks to your amazing support earlier this year our existing servers are paid for through the end of April 2015. So even if no one chooses to pick up where I have left off, your existing systems will continue having repository access until this time.
All in all, it has been fun. I started Bodhi during my senior year of undergrad and have continued to guide it through moving three times, graduate school, getting married, several different jobs, and even my first wonderful kid:
I’d like to close with saying thanks to the Bodhi and open source community as a whole. In general you have been very supportive of the small project I started to Enlighten the world.
At Bodhi we work firmly on a “its ready when its ready schedule” as opposed to sticking to our set release goals and churning out something we are not happy with. Better late than never as the saying goes! Just ten days after the targeted release date I am happy to share our first Release Candidate for Bodhi Linux’s third major release:
As you can see from the image our default theme has matured some (it is nearly complete in fact). For a full change log you can see my running TODO list as we work towards our 3.0.0 stable release here.
The most important new thing in this release is the addition of an ISO image that supports legacy hardware. The legacy ISO image features a 3.2 kernel that will work on 486 machines (or newer), including non-PAE hardware. This ISO image currently features the same E19 desktop that the other three discs have, but if all goes as planned the legacy disc will feature the E17 desktop by default starting with our second release candidate.
Existing 3.0.0 Users Can Upgrade
As always existing 3.0.0 users can simply use eepDater to get the latest and greatest system from their current install. 64bit users will need to implement this workaround though for a troublesome package that found its way into the beta.
There are a couple of small issues we are aware of and working to remedy for our RC2 release later this month. They are:
The quick start guide opens twice on the live CD/the first time you boot Bodhi
There is an Enlightenment segfault the first time you access the menu on the live cd/on a new install (just press f1 and everything is fine)
App Center does not work (we are still working on implementing a new installer tool for this)
Bug Reporting/Issues As always please, please, please do not post issues in a comment on this post. Instead open a thread in the 3.0.0 testing section of our user forums. Also keep in mind this is a testing release not intended for production machines.