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Bodhi Linux is a minimalistic Linux distribution that uses the Enlightenment Desktop (E17). Based on Ubuntu, Bodhi Linux is a semi-rolling release distribution: it comes with the core Ubuntu LTS packages but it also uses backports for its applications so the users can get the latest app updates.

Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 Desktop
Bodhi Linux 2.2.0: Desktop profile, default theme

The latest Bodhi Linux 2.2.0, released yesterday, is the first version to ship with the new stable E17 desktop.

But that's not all, the new release also comes with two 32bit versions: one that has PAE enabled by default and one that uses the non-PAE Linux Kernel - however, the non-PAE Kernel is older: 3.2 while the PAE-enabled version ships with the 3.7 Kernel. This means that old computers that couldn't boot the previous release (or that can't boot Ubuntu 12.04 / 12.10) can now do so by using the Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 non-PAE ISO.

Also, with this release, Bodhi Linux uses hybrid ISO images so you can write the image using the "dd" command (but of course, using other tools such as Unetbootin still works).

Other changes in Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 include: updated Bodhi QuickStart guide and Bodhi Guide to Enlightenment, a new default theme along with refreshed default profiles (Bare, Compositing, Desktop, Fancy, Laptop, Table and Tiling) and some new themes installed by default.

You probably want to see some more screenshots, so here they are:

Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 screenshot
Compositing profile, SGrey theme

Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 screenshot
Fancy profile

Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 screenshot
Laptop profile, Ness theme

Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 screenshot
Moonlight theme

Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 screenshot
Tablet profile

Those of you who aren't familiar with Bodhi Linux probably want to know its default application/package selection: by default, Bodhi Linux uses the Enlightenment File Manager, Midori as the default web browser, Leafpad text editor, LXTerminal, Synaptic Package Manager and LXDM for the login screen, among others.

In other Bodhi Linux news, the Raspberry Pi and Samsung Chromebook ISOs were updated a couple of days ago:
  • the Raspberry Pi image got the new E17 packages along with WICD network manager by default which should be useful for PIs with wireless addons;
  • the Chromebook image now has audio working by default and smoother trackpad, including two finger tap.
Here's a photo of my cat Raspberry Pi running Bodhi Linux.

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    Bodhi Linux is available for 32bit (both PAE-enabled and non-PAE), 64bit as well as ARMHF: for Raspberry Pi, Nexus 7, Samsung Chromebook and Genesi Smartbook.