Configuring a new Bodhi Installation
This article describes the initial tweaks you might make to a newly-installed Bodhi system. These include setting up your keyboard (if you live outside the US), turning off some composite effects to speed things up (if you have a slow computer), selecting a theme that suits your tastes, and changing the wallpaper. To make further changes, follow the links at the end of this article: they lead to other wiki articles describing how to configure shelves, iBars, and virtual desktops, and how to set up key bindings and edge bindings.
Language and keyboard settings
If you do not live in the USA, you may need to adjust these. Language packages should have been installed when you correctly specified your location during the installation process, but you need to tell Moksha which language to use. For this go to Main menu > Settings > All > Language > Language Settings and select your language.
Note: If your language is not present in this dialog box you should proceed as described here.
Next click on the Advanced button and here select your country/location. Now click OK to apply it.
Go to Main menu > Settings > All > Input > Keyboard to open the Keyboard Settings dialog box. If your country is not shown as the default keyboard, click Add and select from the list. Then make sure that your keyboard is highlighted at the Keyboard Settings dialog box and click OK.
Moksha themes control the appearance of your desktop and its various components, including shelves, menus, icons, and dialog boxes. If you wish to change the default theme that greets you on a new installation, go to Main menu > Settings > Theme. The Theme Selector dialog box opens, where you should click System. A list of themes available on your system will be displayed – in a new Bodhi 3 installation, the only theme is ‘default’. However, Bodhi 4 includes a few more themes as well as the default.
More themes are available at the AppCenter. When you download these, they will be automatically added to the System category in this dialog box.
To try a theme, simply highlight it in the list and click Apply, then check how the shelf and the menus look. Try others, and when you have made your final choice click OK.
Note that Moksha themes do not control the appearance of application windows, i.e. such things as their scroll bars and menus. GTK themes control these, and ideally you should select a GTK theme that matches your chosen Moksha theme. To do this, go to Main menu > Settings > All > Look > Application Theme to open the Application Theme Settings dialog box and make your choice. For example, if you have chosen the Radiance Moskha theme, choose the GTK theme of the same name.
If you wish to try other GTK themes to see how they look, select them at this dialog box, click Apply, then open an application (such as your file manager) and check the appearance of its scroll bars and menus. Click OK at your final choice.
To change the wallpaper, go to Main menu > Settings > Wallpaper. This opens the Wallpaper Settings dialog box, where you can choose a wallpaper from the list or click ‘Use Theme Wallpaper’ to apply the wallpaper provided by the theme.
Note that you can have different wallpapers on different virtual desktops – click the Advanced button to reach the dialog box that allows this. (You can also set this up at the Virtual Desktop Settings dialog box, as described here.)
Further configuration settings
This article has described only a tiny fraction of the multitude of configuration settings that you might apply to your new Bodhi installation. Moksha is a tweaker’s paradise, and the articles listed below will introduce you to further possibilities.