Bodhi Linux 4.0.0 Beta and September Donation Totals

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  1. Would suggest, as a way to promote Bodhi, to include Benchmarks on Release texts.

    There are 2 main reasons to do that:
    – New Users: Common hardware users… and old hardware users.
    (Each will benefit from the information, each with their own reasons.)
    – It’s a relevant notice, usually searched but hardly found, when choosing.

    Bodhi innovates on several fronts. May that be another one, useful too.

    • What type of benchmark are you looking for? Lots of different ways things like this can be tested, but difficult to provide an objective metric of comparison.

      • Nick says:

        It would be nice if we knew the RAM consumption after booting to the GUI and some information (names and versions) about the important pre-installed apps (fun, productivity, etc) and libraries (codecs, UI, development stuff, etc).

        And considering gaming is an interesting topic that people look for such info, it’s worth mentioning what is supported: Steam, PlayOnLinux, wine, etc. This would be partially marketing, but also an important detail for those who don’t know these things “by default”.

        • Honestly people who need / want too much hand holding should probably look at other Linux options. We aren’t targeting beginners, there are plenty of projects that do this. All the software you just listed are just generic pieces of Linux software that will work with Bodhi just like most Linux OSes and anything Ubuntu based.

          RAM with Moksha is always low. Not including buffers it is sub 100 MB by default.

          • Nick says:

            Thanks for the RAM info. As for beginners, indeed, other distros are more user-friendly out of the box. But while Bodhi is not unfriendly, not many high-profile projects still care about 32-bit AND have a DE as beautiful and light as Bodhi.

            I can easily see this distro on older computers where RAM upgrades are impossible or the maximum limit doesn’t exceed 2-4 GB RAM. Even my 7-year-old laptop with a Core 2 Duo @ 2.66 GHz is limited to 4 GB of RAM, so I got Mint MATE. But on my 32-bit Atom netbook @ 1.33 GHz with 1GB RAM on-board (upgrade impossible) I need something as slim as possible. And on my mother’s single-core P4 @ 2.8 GHz (no multi-core option for that MB) with 1 GB RAM I also have to be careful about the distro because every bit of resource counts.

            Maybe with a bit of community help Bodhi could be fit for basic needs such as my mother’s PC, even when the users are really new to Linux. Many people don’t do much: mail, web, online/offline games. So keeping an eye out for these use cases might be a good thing for the project. Of course you guys know better, but you can easily imagine why I wouldn’t install openbox+tint2 or i3 on my mother’s PC. 🙂 And why go with IceWM instead of the modern Moksha?

            Other than that, where do I pass some screenshots/feedback for the current release? I ran into some minor issues.

          • You can find help with issues on our user forums.

  2. Von Fausto says:

    Hello Jeff,
    I would like to give you thaks for the excelent development of Bodhi Linux, rhigt now bodhi save us the life in our work, we need to run an usb live OS in a congatec module (; the only live usb that worked was from Bodhi Linux!!!!!!!


  3. Flymo says:

    Belatedly… Hi Jeff!
    @Nick … Greetings!
    We have been using Bodhi with happy success since v1.0, when it trounced our then favourite Xubuntu on performance and reliability. It does indeed work fine on our ancient hardware, including a couple of 750 MHz (divide 2) PIII Pentia with 256/512MB, one of which is a treasured solid metal waterproof touch-screen thing. Amazing. Our puny Atom-powered net-tops work fine, and the much more recent AMD APUs fly like a bird since the graphics drivers for Linux have stabilised.
    I’ve been using linux (previously UNIX) for my ‘posse’ of friends/relatives/acquaintances who struggle with PCs, computing and the internet. Under Win XP, it was an endless struggle to keep six of them afloat and moderately free of nasties, and I’d spend family visits defragging and purging their boxen of viruses and more. No more!
    We must be over 72 installations now, mostly offspring/neighbours/etc connected to the first six, and there may well be more.
    All I ever seem to do now is assist with major upgrades and recovering the desktop pretties these days.
    These fine people (hi guys) frequently confuse their OS with their browser, try to use PASSword as a password (“Why not”?) and more.
    But the evidence is that they can operate a Bodhi system, add software, do occasional updates and run pretty safely on the web despite using “unsubscribe” on Viagra spam emails and worse.
    I started most of them on dual-boot with their previous OS, so no hard transition. Seems to work.
    All power to Bodhi and Moksha.

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