Bodhi Linux 2.2 Released

Bodhi Linux is a lightweight Linux distribution that is based on Ubuntu. But unlike Ubuntu, Bodhi Linux utilises the Enlightenment (E17) desktop environment instead of the default Unity interface of Ubuntu.

As previously mentioned, the whole point of Bodhi is to be lightweight and quick. Bodhi also doesn’t come with many applications installed by default, instead the development team headed up by Jeff Hoogland allow you to install most of the applications yourself so that you have a completely customised machine that only has what you need installed.

About the only applications that Bodhi Linux has installed are a web browser in the form of Midori, a file manager (Enlightenment File) and LXTerminal for all your command line needs.

Look & Feel

Personally I don’t like the look & feel of the E17 desktop. To my humble eye it simply looks too old. For me it has the vibe of an old Amiga or Commodore machine that is just trying to hard to look ‘modern’, which ironically makes it look more dated.

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Bodhi ‘Fancy’ profile

But what Bodhi does have that no other Linux distro that I’ve seen has is multiple ‘profiles’ that allow you to have a very different look and feel depending on what hardware you are using. The image above shows the ‘fancy’ profile running in my virtual machine and here are some of the others:

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Desktop profile

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Laptop profile

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Tablet profile

Performance

I gave the virtual machine that I created 1GB of my total 6GB of RAM. I also left 3D acceleration disabled. I have to say, the performance is excellent and would be well suited for old hardware. But for me personally, all my hardware is modern so the extra overheads of a desktop environment like Unity or Cinnamon aren’t really an issue.

The minimum recommended system specification for Bhodi Linux are a 300+MHz CPU, 128MB RAM and 2.5GB of hard drive space. I’m sure most will agree that these specifications are extremely modest by today’s standards with most cheap mobile phones of today far exceeding these system specs.

Conclusion

Bodhi Linux is a mature distribution that is doing really well, and just because I personally don’t like the E17 interface doesn’t mean that many, many more people agree with me. Looking at the distrowatch were Bodhi is currently ranked as number 15 in the 6 month rankings, it kind of speaks for itself. If you have an old machine that you want to revive, or if you like the E17 interface then you really should give Bodhi Linux a try.

I couldn’t find a download link to the 2.2 version on the Bodhi homepage so I have included links below to the Bodhi homepage and also the official sourceforge page that has all versions available for download.

The Bodhi team also have a version availble for the Raspberry Pi, this is definitely worth considering if you have one of these little blocks of heaven. The Raspberry Pi ISO’s are also available in both links below. On sourceforge the Pi version is listed in the ARMHF folder.

Bodhi home

Bodhi Sourceforge

Bodhi Linux 2.2 Released
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