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Bodhi Linux: What is it?

Articles in Operating Systems | By Maya S.

Published 5 months agoSat, 12 Jan 2019 00:23:05 -0800 | Last update 4 months agoTue, 05 Feb 2019 09:13:15 -0800

If you’re searching for a new version of Ubuntu that can be easily customized, then you should definitely give Bodhi a chance. It has a solid foundation and provides one of the smoothest desktops available.

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What is Bodhi Linux?


Bodhi Linux is a Linux distribution that uses Moksha, a forked rendition of Enlightenment, a a Desktop Shell and Compositing Window Manager. As described by DistroWatch:

Bodhi Linux is an elegant and lightweight Ubuntu-based distribution featuring Moksha, an Enlightenment-17-based desktop environment. The project takes a decidedly minimalist approach by offering modularity, high levels of customisation, and choice of themes. In addition to basic 32- and 64-bit systems, Bodhi maintains designated ISO images for Chromebooks and legacy machines. By default Bodhi has only five pre-installed applications: Midori, Terminology, PCManFM, ePhoto, and ePad. Additional software is available via AppCenter, a web-based software installation tool. 

Source:  https://distrowatch.com/table.php?distribution=bodhi

Moksha is drastically different from other lightweight desktop environments, such as XFCS and LXDE. In contrast to these desktop environments, "the E19 (Enlightenment 19) release is relatively heavy and not suitable for older hardware, according to Bodhi developers. That gave rise to Moksha, actively maintained and updated with the latest Enlightenment libraries," as reported by LinuxInsider.

The Moksha Desktop's Development:

As described by LinuxInsider:

Moksha is very customizable. It has many features and options that contribute to its futuristic design and innovative desktop UI.

This gives the forked Enlightenment desktop an advantage over traditional Lightweight Linux desktops compared to choices such as GNOME, Cinnamon and KDE Plasma. While the Moksha desktop is light on resources, it has a modern look.

When creator Jeff Hoogland launched the Bodhi OS seven years ago, the distro used Enlightenment. In fact, the name "Bodhi" in Sanskrit means "enlightened" or "the one with sense."

Hence, its developers called Bodhi "the Enlightened Linux Distribution." That moniker stuck. The community earlier this month released Bodhi Linux 5.0 as the fifth major release of the distro.

Source:  https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/85540.html

While this sounds like a bunch of hippy jargon, the operating system is pretty good.


The community of developers expected to make harmony between (a) giving only an order line interface and (b) including everything in addition to some customized features.

So they provided a basic framework that is useful yet not complicated. Bodhi's default application set incorporates:

  • ePad (content manager / text editor)
  • eepDater (framework updater)
  • Phrasing (terminal emulator)
  • PCManFM (file manager)
  • Midori (internet browser)
  • ePhoto (picture editor)

They believe that their clients are keen enough to pick their own applications, the best of which can be introduced specifically through their AppCenter (or by means of their AppPack ISO for new features).

System Requirements

As specified on the Bodhi Linux website, these are the specifications.

Minimum requirements:

  • Drive space: 5GB
  • RAM: 256MB
  • Processor: 500 mhz
  • Drive space: 10GB
  • RAM: 512MB
  • Processor: 1.0 ghz

How to Choose the Correct ISO Image

Bodhi offers 3 separate ISO images from which you can choose:

1. Standard

This is the standard platform that you can use for work area and workstation PC's made in the last 10yrs. In case your processor is equipped for running a 64bit working framework, you need to utilize this version.

2. Legacy

The 32bit version they released, the Legacy uses is for more established 3.2 Linux versions that are streamlined for old (15+ years old) equipment. This version additionally excludes the PAE augmentation which isn't supported on different, older frameworks.

In case, that your PC does not work on 64bit OS, this is the perfect version for you.

3. AppPack

This is the standard version that features minimalism when it comes to installation which allows users to easily customise it. The current app that is set by default includes:

  • ePad - text editor
  • Midori - web browser
  • Swamy - system panel
  • ePulse - audio settings
  • Terminology Terminal Emulator
  • eepDater - file manager
  • PCManFM - file Manager
  • ePhoto - image viewer

For more on selecting ISO images, refer to the Bodhi Linux website.

Should Bodhi become a standard Ubuntu re-spin?

The answer is rather simple - yes, it should! But we saw, over the years, that many versions that were re-spins failed to get the official status, even Lubuntu which has Ubuntu’s catchy name. So, how come Lubuntu hasn’t gained the official status and we believe Bodhi should? More and more users are looking for valuable alternatives and this one is valuable for sure. If Ubuntu plans to keep their users, they will have to provide something as useful as Bodhi to the Linux community.

We can’t wait to see if Budhi will find its well-deserved place. Although we really want this to happen, we believe that most likely the official status will get KDE as the primary desktop, but we can see no reason why Bodhi shouldn’t also become Ubuntu’s “official” alternative.

Should you give Bodhi a try?

If you’re searching for a new version that can be easily customized, then you should definitely give Bodhi a chance. It has a solid foundation and provides one of the smoothest desktops available.

If you decide to try it, feel free to let us know your opinion and comments, we’d love to hear what you guys think.

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