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  • Very nice work. E17 is a lovely DE. No other ubuntu e17 mods available to date. Bodhi has e17 very well integrated. BTW e17 development seems fragmented. Some sort of funding is necessary to keep it active. Like bodhi very much and very much looking forward towards an yearly release (or) a release cycle close to that of ubuntu(if possible). Hats off.

  • I use this software. Thank you for your work.

  • To say that Bodhi Linux for x86 combines an Ubuntu LTS base with the Enlightenment desktop is to miss a major point - it is how well this has been done that matters most to us. The Ubuntu base is pared and pruned - E17 is smoothly integrated with other elements to form a highly configurable desktop with the resulting distribution on LIve CD taking around 400MB depending on the release number. It is therefore quick to download and test. But it is (intentionally) low on applications to start with. Bodhi provides a number of ways of selectively adding what you want - their on-line Appcenter has individual apps as well as 'bundles' and packages for different purposes. Launching the browser (Midori) opens a window into the Bodhi Quickstart guide that offers support for getting online and then links to the Bodhi website functions, including the Appcenter. There are a couple of software bundles there that install most of what is needed in one go - an 11-package light weight one (with LIght Office rather than Libre Office, eg) called Pratibha and a full featured one with 20 packages called Nikhila. Of course, one might wish to roll one's own package list, and that is supported too - via the Appcenter, Synaptic or apt-get. So there is a lot of choice on offer, but the Appcenter's descriptions makes it (unlike Synaptic/apt-get) easier to work out which items are suitable if one is undecided. Selected software packs cover things like Audio, Imaging, Scientific Publishing, Education and the like as well as themes & icon sets. But you are encouraged to roll your own if you prefer - there is choice on offer even in the manner of choosing. If you have read this far and are thinking "Why not a load of reasonable apps on the CD, like Ubuntu or Mint, or...?" then there is a solution offered for you. The Bodhi community has released a full featured ISO called (with tongue in cheek) 'Bloathi' that is only 1.6GB in the current version (1.4.0). Bloathi is NOT a fork, spin-off, break-away or anything of the like, from Bodhi Linux. It is merely an alternative installation method for Bodhi to satisfy those who prefer that choice. Bloathi is also on Sourceforge. The live CD is also worth mentioning. Unusually, it does not boot directly into the desktop. First you are given a choice of (very different) desktop configurations - Laptop/Netbook, Bare, Compositing, Desktop, Tablet, Tiling, or Fancy. But that's not all, then you get a choice of theme - where the wallpaper, decoration and icon work together harmoniously. There are only a few themes on the live CD, but there are many many more available for download. There is almost too much to choose from, like a good restaurant menu. But unlike a restaurant, it is perfectly practical to have them all, and then play with them on your machine. Once installed, Bodhi runs brilliantly on our older hardware - even a P3-700 at 350MHz delivers an OK user experience in 128MB of RAM - it reports that it is using 52MB. Not a lot of room for (eg) heavy edits of RAW files, but fine for web surfing, emails and the like. Oh yes, and it handles touch-screens well. On more recent cpus it just rocks, and we love it. A Celeron 420 delivers a pretty full bling offering in 740MB RAM with early Intel integrated graphics. A Celeron 520 with 1GB RAM and Intel X3100 graphics can offer a fully-featured desktop bling experience. All this and stability too - although that may well be hardware-dependent as with any other release -ymmv. There's a hardware reference list on the web site if you want to check. Works great on our stuff. So if you have not had a go at this recently-launched distribution ( v1.00 was released around Easter 2011) I would recommend at least giving it a go. We've never regretted doing so.

  • Bodhi is what I wanted when I found ubuntu. Nothing but the essentials installed without having to learn how to make ubuntu free from the things I didn't want it to have or having to have enough knowledge to build from arch or gentoo. Excellent for the recent linux convert that wants to begin from (sort of) scratch, without having to worry about having the essential foundational base elements to make linux just work. Excellent! and in welsh - bendegedig!!

  • congrats bodhi linux team.. :)