Bodhi 1.0

Here’s what the booting and login menus look like:

Boot Menu
Boot Menu

The Desktop

When you first boot into Bodhi you’ll need to choose the profile for the kind of environment you want. I opted for the “desktop” option but there are others including a compiz enabled environment, a bare bones (geared toward advanced users) as well as a few other options.

After you pick the desktop, you can choose the theme, wallpaper and a selection of applications. Note that the applications are utilities and that sort of thing, not desktop applications. You’ll need to get those separately (see the software section).

Selection Menu
Environment Selection Menu
Theme Choice Menu
Theme Choice Menu
Application Selection Menu
Application Selection Menu

One of the things I always notice when booting into a desktop is how attractive it looks. Many distributions can be rather…er…ugly looking when it comes to desktop wallpaper and the overall look and feel. That’s not the case with Bodhi; it’s a fine looking desktop environment. The colors are bright and uplifting, unlike some of the dreary and depressing themes I’ve seen over the years in certain distributions.

Many of the things you need to use your Bodhi system are included on the desktop panel. If you need to access other things just click the desktop and a menu will popup, or simply click the Bodhi button on the panel to access additional items that way instead.

The Enlightenment desktop is a joy to use; it’s fast and quite beautiful to look at. It’s definitely one of Bodhi’s big selling points and will be appreciated by anybody that wants a fast desktop environment that also looks good. If you aren’t already a fan of Enlightenment, you probably will be after using Bodhi Linux.


Themes & Wallpaper
If you want additional themes and wallpaper, you can download them from the Bodhi Linux art page. There’s quite a lot to choose from so I think most people will be happy with the selection of goodies for their Bodhi Linux system.


Bundled Software

Remember that Bodhi is a very minimalistic distribution that lets you pick the applications you want to run rather than picking them for you. So after booting into Bodhi you will find that there is very little desktop software available.

Here’s what you’ll find installed by default:

Midori Web Browser
LeafPad Text Editor

Software Management
Synaptic is the default software management tool but you can also download software from the Bodhi Linux site (see below).


Adding & Removing Software

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13 thoughts on “Bodhi 1.0

  1. Installing software from the website is the preferred option, and much easier for the beginner. Wondering where the media codecs are? They're listed right after the media players. Compare that with most installation methods.

    The one problem for me is Enlightenment. Do you set sub-pixel smoothing with a tool in the Settings menu? No, it's in Applications. You can't read the clock? Hard luck, neither it nor the panel can be re-coloured. Need a Compose key? Write a script with setxkbmap. How do you get that script to run at start-up? Ah, that's a secret!

  2. Today I installed Bodhi Linux 1.1 on my workstation (a vintage IBM with a 1.2GHz processor and 500MB ram) to replace the PCLinuxOS lxde which got messed up after a kernel upgrade. I am very happy I chose Bodhi instead of re-installing PCLinuxOS. I love the speed and the Enlightenment desktop. Simply superb.

  3. Thanks for the review. I've run the live cd on two different old laptops with fantastic results. Wireless worked right off (broadcom chipsets), and there was just enough eye candy even with low end graphics. Considering wiping a xubuntu install and replacing it with bodhi. Perhaps a little more VM testing is in order.

  4. Just wanted to point out a few things.

    One: In the new release (1.1.0), package signing checks have been removed. Simply put, in order to even have issues with this, you would need to inject malicious packages into the repo which has an almost zero chance of happening. Alternatively, someone could give you a .deb to install, but that's no different than someone installing something on Windows. Stick to the repos and you'll be fine.

    Two: As mentioned before, Arch Linux does not have package signing and there have been no issues. Arch Linux has a fairly simple build system (The ABS) which is similar to a gentoo ebuild in that it's a set of instructions to download and build the package.

    Three: The run dialog is called Run Everything which you can find more info about here:

    If you have any questions, comments, or (I suppose) snide remarks, feel free to pop on by #bodhilinux on freenode.

    Hope you enjoy Bodhi! There's been a lot of time put into it.

  5. Jeff Hoogland wrote:

    @ David (FSF Supporter):

    A fix is coming for this, all of you people wearing your tin-foil hats and crying MiM attacks just need to wait. Signing packages still makes these attacks possible, just slightly more difficult.

    Nine years later and Arch still doesn’t sign their packages and it’s doing alright for itself. If it was getting MiM attacked all the time, fairly certain we would know.

    Stop being paranoid.

    ~Jeff Hoogland

    I think you are right, Jeff, in the sense that there is no reason to get all hot and bothered, but by the same token, I also think that it is important to take full advantage of authentication technology when it is available. As for Arch, I do not know whether they have been compromised or not. Debian has, once or twice though, and they got all the more vigilant and it hasn't happened again.

    Chances are, as a small, not very well known distribution, would-be hackers may not be quite as likely to target you, especially if they rarely bother with Arch, but exercising due diligence is always a wise thing, so I am glad that you have plans to at least put a few "road blocks" in the way of would be attackers.

    Common sense says that robbers first look for open doors, keys in the ignition, windows open, stuff like that, so closing and locking the doors, keeping the keys with you, closing the windows – in other words, taking reasonable precautions, is still a good idea. I trust that you know that and are planning accordingly.

    Good luck with your distro. I'm still planning on finding time to test it and a location where I can keep it; sounds quite interesting!

  6. Bodhi is a beautiful and fun way to use Ubuntu 10.04.

    I was even able to use it on a dinosaur laptop I keep around for testing "lightweight" distros. An IBM A20p 700mhz p3 with 256 mb ram….worked pretty good. Only sluggishness I found was using the browser. I find Midori somewhat of a pia to use. I guess I've been spoiled by ff and chromium.

    All and all though Bodhi's DE is very light and snappy….a pleasure to use and I've never been an enlightenment fan……till now.

    Jeff, keep up the good work! And Jim, Thanks for reviewing Bodhi.

  7. "The same was true of Arch but there, at least, the developers have worked to fix the issue while with Bodhi they seem unwilling to do so."

    They maybe working on it (since 2006!) but the issue is not solved yet. Only a temporarily and partial solution is in AUR, paccheck.

    I tried Bodhi and I quite like it as an easy, beautiful and simple distro for mouse users, but for an openbox/keyboard user it is no alternative.

  8. I have used bodhi since 0.6 that was an early adoption approach but I can say it was stable enough to work as my primary OS, what i really like was the apt-get availability, I have installed only the necessary software for me. And for PCs with low resources this is perfect, even my scanner was working since the 0.6 release.

    Belive me, It deserves a try.

  9. @ David (FSF Supporter):

    A fix is coming for this, all of you people wearing your tin-foil hats and crying MiM attacks just need to wait. Signing packages still makes these attacks possible, just slightly more difficult.

    Nine years later and Arch still doesn't sign their packages and it's doing alright for itself. If it was getting MiM attacked all the time, fairly certain we would know.

    Stop being paranoid.

    ~Jeff Hoogland

  10. What a shame it has a huge security hole in that the entire repository is unsigned. The same was true of Arch but there, at least, the developers have worked to fix the issue while with Bodhi they seem unwilling to do so. The issue leaves users vulnerable to man in the middle type attacks. I do hope is is resolved as Bodhi is not a distribution I would recommend in its current state.

  11. That was a good review. I think Bodhi is a great distro with what appears to be a very good, dedicated team. I loaded it, but ended up replacing it because I prefer 64 bit, rolling-release distros. But, I'll definately make a long term switch to Bodhi if they continue with their plans for an Arch base.

    E17 is awesome considering what it can do with such light resource usage. I have a modern computer and I still prefer E17 over the other choices. I'm not trying to advertise another distro here, but I think Unite17 is the most beatiful E17 I've seen. It's not my primary since it's 32-bit, but it gave me some ideas on setting up my desktop (I'm a big fan of the Drawers module now).

  12. It was worth reading the review about Bodhi Linux, Jim. I had not previously considered grabbing it, but now I believe I will, at least to give it a decent look.

    It's amazing how long Enlightenment has been around, yet how little attention it gets. Interesting, with all the hoopla around GNOME 3 Shell and Unity, it seems to me that some of the styles and metaphors they are looking into may be better met and already working in Enlightenment. I've seen other Enlightenment implementations that use wbar for a task bar and they can be made very similar in appearance and operation to a Mac-like system, but they are nearly always quite nimble and fast, enough so that you'd need a pretty powerful Mac to equal their performance. I suspect that Bodhi, with its light footprint ought to perform in a similar fashion even from Live media or a Virtual instance, so I am at the very least going to give this a "Quick Look", and if it fits into my personal style well enough, I could see adding it to my collection of boot fast, run quickly, to use mostly when browsing the Web.

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