Bodhi Linux 4.3.1

Jonni Bid­well spent just one day in the of­fice work­ing on a net­book, and is now con­vinced that they’re go­ing to make a big come­back.

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Jonni Bid­well spent the day work­ing on a net­book and is now con­vinced they’re go­ing to make a come­back. “Pah, away with your Chrome­book!” he says with a flour­ish.

Many dis­tros, most no­tably Arch and Fe­dora, are talk­ing about phas­ing out 32-bit sup­port. Don’t worry, Bodhi isn’t aban­don­ing the ag­ing hard­ware posse. How­ever, since the 4.2.0 re­lease, 32-bit users can only use the Le­gacy re­lease, which fea­tures an older (but still main­tained up­stream) 3.16 ker­nel. Users of 64-bit sil­i­con can use the Le­gacy ver­sion, but they would prob­a­bly pre­fer a 4.8 ker­nel, which can be theirs with the Stan­dard or Ap­pPack Re­leases.

The Stan­dard re­lease is, like its Le­gacy sib­ling, a min­i­mal af­fair, with just the Mok­sha desk­top and the bare essentials bun­dled. The Ap­pPack re­lease also in­cludes pop­u­lar apps in­clud­ing Chromium, Li­breOf­fice, VLC, as well as sup­port for print­ers and Samba. Just for fun, we in­stalled the Le­gacy ver­sion on an old Eee PC 901 that was ly­ing around the of­fice (un­der a pile of aban­doned dreams).

Once we’d closed the wel­come screen, which opens in the bun­dled Mi­dori browser, me­mory us­age was a mere 70MB. Be­fore any updates the in­stall oc­cu­pied 2.5GB. The Mok­sha desk­top looks stylish, and ac­tu­ally has some nice (though re­source friendly) ef­fects, but it will be quite tricky for new­com­ers to nav­i­gate. The cas­cad­ing ap­pli­ca­tion menu sys­tem might seem clunky and dated if you’re com­ing from, say, Gnome. Mok­sha is con­fig­urable: there are a baf­fling num­ber of op­tions, and quite a bit of nomenclature for them to hide be­hind. But once you learn your Wid­gets from your Gad­gets, Mod­ules, Shelves etc, then find­ing the de­sired op­tions be­comes con­fus­ing.

Nostal­gia rush

Mok­sha is based on the En­light­en­ment Foun­da­tion Li­braries (EFL), and uses the as­so­ci­ated Ele­men­tary tool­kit for its apps. This may elicit a warm sense of nostal­gia in those who dab­bled with early Linux desk­tops. The de­fault Mok­shaAr­cDark theme looks great, even on a 1,024x600 screen. The thin ti­tle­bars and scrolling ap­pli­ca­tion pager re­ally help with this. Alt-Tab­bing be­tween ap­pli­ca­tions cen­tres the mouse cur­sor on the newly fo­cused app, which is at first spooky and then pretty neat.

Be­ing an Ubuntu LTS-de­riv­a­tive, you have all the soft­ware in those repos­i­to­ries at your dis­posal, as well as a rea­son­able ex­pec­ta­tion of sta­bil­ity. That doesn’t mean your net­book will be­have in a stable when you fill up its pi­ti­ful me­mory and con­tinue to ask it to do things, though.

From ultra-modern to an­cient PCs, Bodhi Linux can run them all.

A num­ber of themes are avail­able from Bodhi’s App­store. This one is called Sun­shine. Al­though quite why is be­yond us mere open source mor­tals…

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