Bodhi is a minimalistic, enlightened, Linux desktop.
- Enlightenment Desktop
Bodhi Linux has been a real eye-opener for us since version 1.0 in 2011. Then as now, it presented a sumptuous implementation of the Enlightenment desktop built onto a base of the current Ubuntu LTS release. I'd been trying E16 & E17 on various distros, liking it very much, but stability issues and the closure of some distros kept throwing me back to Ubuntu with a sigh. In 2011 that option had gone away - Canonical had gone for 'Unity' which just plain did not work on most of our hardware. So it was with delight that I tried (and quickly installed) Bodhi 1.0 to see how it ran in comparison with the 'buntu variants. It looked good to me and was highly configurable too, so one could experiment and alter all sorts of things. It was fast! Boot times much faster than Ubuntu, and no wonder, since we were seeing a RAM usage below 80GB on some machines. It would boot and run on a 128MB RAM P3 and run acceptably with a 350MHz clock! Wow! But the astonishing thing for me was that it was slightly more stable than the then-current LTS version on Xubuntu, running on identical hardware. And it was faster, more configurable, and burned less than half the RAM, even with bling turned on. That's clever. We started moving our posse across to Bodhi, and have never regretted it. The Bodhi forum community is friendly and helpful, with (in my own experience) founder and lead developer Jeff Hoogland jumping in with accurate assistance pretty much on demand. Don't know how he does it.... It's been a while since I've needed to ask for guidance, but we have the Release Candidate (RC1) for Bodhi 3.0 running on a shiny new machine with Intel ValleyView graphics that is proving resistant to doing HTPC duty with a TV and will probably need some hand holding with that. Looking forward to it, it's that kind of community. If you decide to have a go, remember that Bodhi starts with a very bare distro - enough to boot up, play with the menu, read the copious info in Bodhi Quick Start, maybe check the Appcenter for the apps and bundles on offer - and the Art Wiki, with more themes than Mantovani. Well worth checking out! Then if you like the idea, do an install ('buntu installer, pretty simple, very fast) reboot, and return to the Appcenter to grab what you fancy for your new OS. Updates are semi-rolling, with no reinstallation needed until a major version number (eg 2.x to 3.x) is changed. Bodhi 2.x continues (it's an LTS, after all), a good place to start whilst Bodhi 3.0 is still gestating, but there are a -slew- of interesting things there that are new - so do have a look at both. For our family and many friends this has been a real distro-hopper stopper! Hope you like it.
Dudes I have tried 3 other, much older distro's and none could install the @#$^% broadcom wireless nic driver on my daughter's inspiron 1300. I tried everything and then some. Then I tried Bodhi live. The diver was there!! it installed without a hitch! GREAT JOB GUYS!! I will be recommending this distro to my customers. A BIG THANKS!
EPIC work on the Chromebook release, guys!
I really like this the multitasking aspect is amazing
Giving 2.3.0 a try, previously rather impressed with what I saw on 1.4.0, thanks Jeff and team..