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Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Review

This fantastic distribution is not merely another Ubuntu derivative. Bodhi delivers a smooth installation process, and an utterly perfected desktop environment that surely left developers locked in dark basements for weeks on end.

Enlightenment Desktop

Enlightenment may be exactly what all the other distributions are missing. The Enlightenment desktop is lightweight and highly customizable making this distribution a top choice for new or old systems.

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About Bodhi Linux

Bodhi comes with a minimal list of pre-installed applications as well, perfect if you are picky about what you like. So if you are ready to try something new Bodhi will leave you breathless.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Features

  • Bodhi 1.2.0 is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
  • Enlightenment 17 desktop is easy to use and highly customizable.
  • The good selection of Bodhi help documentation will aid you with any minor problems you may encounter.
  • Very few installed applications, allowing you to choose the ones you want.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Applications

  • PCManFM 0.9.9
  • LXTerminal 0.1.9
  • Leafpad Text Editor 0.8.17
  • Midori Web Browser 0.4.0

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Installation

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After inserting your live CD and booting your computer you will arrive at a login prompt, you can just wait about 20 seconds and Bodhi will begin booting to the live desktop.

Installing Bodhi Linux

From the main panel of the live desktop you can click install Bodhi, which I’m sure you will not regret. First you will see an installation checklist with an option to download updates while installing. Then you can choose your partition options and click install now.

Final Installtion Steps

You can use your entire drive or install alongside another operating system. Next choose your location and your keyboard options. And lastly add your username and password. Then you will be asked to restart your system.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Desktop

After rebooting your system you will be asked to choose a desktop profile, either bare, compositing, desktop, fancy, laptop, tablet, or tiling. This controls the level of effects as well as the layout of the desktop.

Choose Your Theme

You will then be asked to choose a desktop theme, there are 7 themes available and each one is quite unique. Each desktop profile offers a single panel with a start menu and a few useful launchers.

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More Desktop Details

Depending on the profile you choose you may have different gadgets such as a floating clock already on the desktop. Bodhi also provides several virtual desktops, so you should usually find a workspace switcher on the desktop or in the main panel which will often be needed.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Menus

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The Enlightenment desktop menu structure is quite slim, everything is easy to find. You can reach the start menu from your main panel, it’s the Bodhi icon. Or you can left click on the desktop to bring up the same menu.

Main Menu

The main menu contains separate sections for your applications, places, and different settings. You can easily find options to configure your desktop, add new software, or shutdown your system.

Desktop Settings

You can also middle-click on the desktop to see a list of open windows as well. To find your basic settings for the Enlightenment desktop look in your main menu for the settings section and click on the settings panel button.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Panels

Enlightenment 17 uses shelves rather than panels, though they work basically the same. Shelves have more of a KDE plasma desktop feel, much like activities. You can add extra shelves, or configure them to your liking.

Desktop Gadgets

Several gadgets are also available, try the iBar gadget for more of a panel style. To access your shelf options look in your main menu under the desktop section, or just right-click on a shelf.

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Panel Settings

From the shelf settings window you can allow your panel to show above or below windows, or you can change your panel position. Your panel size can also be changed if you have a small monitor. Auto-hide features are available, and you can choose which virtual desktops you want you panel to appear on.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Software

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As I said before the default applications list is extremely minimalistic, basically consisting of the bare essentials. But from the main menu you can click add software to find useful application packages already bundled and ready to install from the Bodhi website.

Installing Software

The available software bundles consist of everything needed for general home use. A chat client, office software, video and audio software, and Firefox to top things off.

More Software Choices

You can choose the larger package of full featured software, or the minimal software suite which focuses on lightweight applications. If you prefer to do things yourself you can always look for the Synaptic package manager inside the applications menu.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 File Manager

The default file manager used in Bodhi 1.2.0 is PCManFM which is lightweight and full of features. PCMan file manager also supports tabbed browsing which is one of the most popular features.

About PCManFM

You can launch PCManFM using the file manager icon inside the main panel if your profile has one, or you can look in the places section of the start menu. The PCMan file manager main window is similar to nautilus.

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More Software Choices

Shortcuts for important locations and devices are in the panel on the left hand side. The right hand part of the main window is where files and folders are displayed. And above that you have the main toolbar, or several menus with additional functions.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Themes

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Before logging into the desktop after installation you will be asked to choose a default theme and wallpaper, but you can try the others at any time. To reach your these settings you can look in the setting section of your main menu, from there click themes.

Get New Themes

The themes window will allow you to import saved themes, get new themes online, or customize your existing themes. To change themes just select a new one and click apply.

Theme Configuration

Each theme includes its own wallpaper. For customization options just click the advanced button. Then select the item you would like to configure from the left panel, and click the theme you would like to apply to that item from the right panel. When finished you can click apply.

Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 Synopsis

Though this is among my first few experiences with Enlightenment 17, and my first time trying Bodhi, I was extremely satisfied yet again. I can already confess a mild addiction. Try the fancy or compositing desktop profile for a superior level of effects, including the cool penguins dancing around on the screen which is noticeable in the desktop screenshot. The desktop environment is refreshing and creative. Everything was entirely stable which will satisfy the masses. New users should probably consider a distribution that provides a wider selection of default applications. But for a slim desktop with several options, Bodhi does it best.

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