Bodhi Linux Revisited

I first came across Bodhi Linux five years ago. It looked interesting but after using it forĀ  a while, decided it wasn’t for me. I recently downloaded the latest release, 4.1.0 and decided to take another look at it.

I like that a minimalist distribution, easy on resources, and it fits on a 700MB CD. One of the concepts behind Bodhi is to keep it lean and allow the end user to choose their applications rather than have a lot of pre-installed applications they don’t need. I totally get that and can see how some might be attracted to that level of customization. For the most part, I’m okay with what comes pre-installed with Ubuntu and Mint although I do sometimes install applications that I prefer to the defaults. Perhaps I need to delve into Bodhi a bit deeper and take a good look at what they have to offer.

I found the Bodhi menus a bit confusing but that’s because I’ve been using Mint for quite a while and I’ve gotten used to that. It’s a matter of letting go of expectations and accepting change. Bodhi is not a distribution you just install and run with it. You need to figure out what you want to do with and plan accordingly. I’ll probably be looking at Bodhi again.

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Bodhi Linux

Last night I installed Bodhi Linux on an old laptop just to play around with it. It was an easy installation and the Enlightenment desktop seems rather nice but other than that I was not particularly impressed. It seems like a decent distribution for someone who isn’t interested in getting under the hood, has a fairly standard computer and doesn’t need to do much more than surf the web, do email and create/view some documents.

Maybe I should install it on another computer and test drive it a bit more. It seems like there’s never enough time to play around with these things.

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