Testing Bodhi Linux 6.0

Bodhi Linux 6.0
Still searching for a decent lightweight Linux for older machines, I'm now testing Bodhi Linux 6.0 in a virtual machine.

Bodhi (Sandskrit for enlightenment) Linux is a lightweight Debian/Ubuntu-based (18.04) distribution. Offering modularity, high levels of customisation, and choice of themes, it joins the ranks of other 'minimalist' Debian/Ubuntu derivatives. 

Bodhi releases come in several editions, including Standard (64-bit) and Legacy (32-bit) which are minimalist, installing only a web browser, terminal, file manger, text editor and photo GUI applications. The AppPack edition includes more applications and tools preinstalled. Additional software can be added with Bodhi's web-based AppCenter.

For the desktop environment we have Moksha, a cleaned-up and re-finished version of Enlightenment-17 with the best bits of E-18 and E-19 added (the lead developer is apparently not a fan of the newer E's).

Straight off the ISO image, the Bodhi 6.0 default application set includes:

  •     Terminology (terminal emulator)
  •     Chromium (web browser)
  •     Leafpad (text editor)
  •     ePhoto (image viewer)
  •     Thunar (file manager)
  •     Synaptic (package manager)
  •     Gnome language selector
  •     aRandr Monitor Settings
  •     Pavucontrol Pulse Audio Control

Terminology has to be the flashiest bit of terminal-bling I've seen in any Linux with all manner of GUI effects. The Midori web browser has been replaced in this release by Chromium, which is a bit of a contradiction of 'minimalist.'

Otherwise this app set is fine; definitely lightweight and uncontroversial.

Moksha is also Sanskrit for “emancipation, liberation, or release.” No hidden agendas here. Described as 'elegant' the default Moksha themes are an acquired taste that I haven't yet, erm, acquired. The desktop itself is responsive and sensible with a Gnome-like panel and menu system that echoes LXLE, Xubuntu and others.

The installer is standard fare and got everything up and running in quick time.

Other than getting it working under VirtualBox and finding a honking lump of Chromium in a 'lightweight' distro, that's all I've had time for as yet.

There's much more to discover in Bodhi, but will it lead me to enlightenment?