Bodhi 2018 Roadmap & January Donation Totals

Hey All!

Been a couple of months since our last development update with the 4.4.0 release so I just wanted to outline what our rough plans are for this year since it is time for another major release. Our release cycle for Bodhi 5.0.0 will be approximately as follows:

  • First alpha release of Bodhi 5.0.0 based on Ubuntu 18.04 at the beginning of May shortly after Ubuntu 18.04 is officially released
  • Various beta and release candidate builds released over the Summer as features, testing and time permit
  • Stable Bodhi 5.0.0 release some time in August after Ubuntu 18.04.01 is released

As with every major Bodhi release – our focus is just changing the underlying packages we build on top of. The Moksha desktop will have a few minor improvements, but by and large our goal is to simply bring you the existing desktop we know is stable built on top of a current package base. As with every major Bodhi release we will not be supporting upgrades from Bodhi 4.x to 5.0.0 without a re-installation. That being said – Bodhi’s 4.x branch will be supported until April 2021, so there is absolutely no rush to be upgrading functional systems. In fact, we will likely have a Bodhi 4.5.0 release later this year shortly before we start into the Bodhi 5.0.0 development cycle.

Also the January 2018 Donation totals have been added to our donations list. Thank you to everyone who contributed this month – especially our recurring members.

If you want to help keep the lights on please consider making a one time donationbecoming a member, or by picking up some Bodhi branded Merchandise.

As always a big thank you to everyone who helps make Bodhi possible.

10 Responses

  1. Linux User says:

    I think Bodhi deserves more donations for all the hard work. I look forward to the new version.

  2. BB says:

    New Bodhi user here. It’s nice to see a clean, simple distro that’s not crammed with apps that I don’t want. I will use & recommend Bodhi!

  3. Jash says:

    I used Bodhi in the past but moved to a different distro due to my love for XFCE+compiz. Will there be any compiz like effects in the Bodhi 5.0 (I am really looking to make bodhi my daily desktop)?

    • Bodhi does not, and will not, have compositing by default. We keep Ecomorph (compiz for Moksha) in the repositories you can install though.

      • Jash says:

        Thanks for the info Jeff, are there any instructions how to install/configure the ecomp? Also will it be supported with Bodhi 5.0?

        • Assuming it is compatible with Ubuntu 18.04 based libraries it will continue to be built.

          As for an install guide – unsure if there is one about off hand. Feel free to create a forum thread if you have trouble getting it going.

  4. Since most of the Ubuntu changes in alfa-beta-RC are manager related…
    I wonder if the ‘process’ could not be easier (though prolonged):

    – As long as 18.04 alfa is available an Bodhi alfa can start (not to post).
    – This delivering a faster Bodhi Beta after a reasonable Ubuntu beta is available.
    … This being how all Ubuntu ‘tastes’ are made. Bodhi being equivalent.

    Meaning a faster RC release, shortly after Ubuntu final is available.
    Just wonder… (sharing).

    • We have a longer timeline intentionally. Historically speaking Ubuntu LTSes always have some amount of issues until they hit their .01 release. People who value stability should generally wait till then to make the change, which is why the first time we flag a “stable” release is after this.

      Past all of that – we are a small team working as a hobby – so a longer time frame gives us more flexibility, while also giving our users more stability.

  5. Joerg Braun says:

    Ciao Jeff,
    I love Debian and i will test your Desktop Moksha
    Is there a repository for Debian aswell ?
    I us Stretch and for Evaluation Buster.
    thanks for help

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