Bodhi Linux 2.0.0 Review
When it comes to unique lightweight distributions, there is no other distribution out there that is as unique as Bodhi Linux. Based on Ubuntu and using the extremely lightweight E17 desktop it can bring a lot of life to an older machine or you can have a speedy Linux distribution on a new machine.
Bodhi Linux is an installable live distribution that is available for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems which is based on the stable Linux 3.2 kernel, and uses PCManFM file manager.
The uniqueness of Bodhi comes in the profiles that you can choose from. The Profiles feature that comes as part of Bodhi allows one to change the look and feel of the desktop itself. One might prefer a sort of tablet look and feel or you can easily change it to something minimalistic or go full blown out with a desktop look and feel.
Another thing that makes Bodhi unique is the relatively clean installation. There are virtually no pre-installed programs besides the system applications and a web browser that are needed to run and install said software. A lot of times we are overwhelmed with software that comes as part of a distribution even for some lightweight distributions out there but everyone’s opinion of virtually no software versus atleast having software pre-installed is debatable.
Installing of software can be done in a few ways. The easier way to get your system up and running is through Bodhi Linux App Center which is where you can download predefined bundles of software which can get you up and running quickly. There’s two predefined bundles available in Bodhi which are: Nikhila Application Set which is a bundle of applications that are more powerful and might stray a bit away of being lightweight and there is the Pratibha set which is geared towards lighter weight applications.
The other way one could easily update, install and remove software is through the popular Synaptic package manager. Here you can search for an application you want to install and install it instead of just installing a predefined bundle of software.
The time spent reviewing Bodhi Linux has been a great one. It is nice to see the amount one can easily customize the look and feel of the distribution. The artwork which comes with Bodhi is top-notch and you can even download more from their forums to even enhance the look and feel.
Bodhi has been very stable for me and did not experience any major crashing. It is not easy to choose what software should and should not be installed as part of any Linux distribution and everyone has their opinion on that. I find Bodhi a bit user unfriendly just because of the lack of software that comes pre-installed but as stated earlier everyone has their opinions when it comes to software applications.
Homepage: Bodhi Linux
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