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.

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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