Bodhi Linux version numbers follow the format of x.y.z where:
x represents the major release version
y represents scheduled update releases
z represents emergency bug fix releases
Bodhi Linux follows what we call a “semi-rolling” release cycle based around Ubuntu LTS (long-term support) releases. This means that every new major Bodhi Linux release is built on the latest Ubuntu LTS release. Bodhi has had three major releases to date:
- 1.y.z -> Based on Ubuntu 10.04 (no longer supported)
- 2.y.z -> Based on Ubuntu 12.04 (no longer supported – dropped 2017)
- 3.y.z -> Based on Ubuntu 14.04 (security updates/support until 2019)
- 4.y.z -> Based on Ubuntu 16.04 (current major release/will be supported until 2021)
- 5.y.z -> Based on Ubuntu 18.04 (next major release/will be supported until 2023)
We say Bodhi Linux is “semi-rolling” because users only need to re-install the operating system when there is a new major release (every two years) in order to always stay current on the latest version. All supported versions of Bodhi Linux can receive support on the user forums and get security updates from both the Bodhi and Ubuntu teams. The current major release for Bodhi Linux, in addition to getting security updates, receives general software updates for things found on our AppCenter and applications requested on our user forum.
New major releases target a release date of approximately six months following a new Ubuntu LTS release. Minor update releases are scheduled to happen every six months up to the next major release.
That being said – Bodhi Linux follows a strict “it’s ready when it’s ready” release model, meaning that we would rather release something late than meet a projected deadline and release something we consider low quality.
For specifics on upcoming Bodhi releases, including projected release dates, see the Release Road-map.