Configuring a New Bodhi Installation

Configuring a New Bodhi Installation

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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 date/time, keyboard (if you live outside the US), selecting a theme that suits your tastes, changing the wallpaper, and managing startup applications.

To make further changes, follow the links at the end of this article; they lead to other Bodhi Wiki articles describing how to configure shelves, iBars, and virtual desktops, how to set up key bindings/edge bindings, and change the default system language.

Install Software Updates

Bodhi Linux and its associated software packages are continuously updated (security/feature improvements). Since the creation of the Bodhi LIVE ISO there will have been many many updates. The strong recommendation is to run updates immediately after the initial installation and regularly thereafter. NOTE the first update after installation could be lengthy.

For details on how to perform this, see: Keeping Bodhi Linux Up-to-date.

Date and Time

Date and Time settings can be configured in Clock Settings. Left-click the time in the shelf (bottom right of screen) and select the Settings to open the Clock Settings.  From here you can switch between 12/24 hour display, analog or digital amongst other settings.  Be sure to hit Apply Changes when you have completed your changes.

Themes

Moksha Themes

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 Moksha theme that greets you on a new installation open the Theme Selector, this can be achieved using a number of methods:

  • Quick Launcher: Open the Quick Luanch (WinKey + <space>) and type theme and press <enter>
  • Main Menu: go to Menu > Settings > Theme;

With the Theme Selector open, if the window is not maximized maximize it now, click the System radio button.  A list of themes available on your system will be displayed – in a new Bodhi 5.x installation, the only themes are ‘default‘ and ‘MokshaArcGreen

More Moksha themes are available for download/installation via the AppCenter.  When you download these, they will be automatically added to the System category in the Theme Selector.
Theme Selector
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. A visualization of this step can be seen within the wiki page: Changing Themes.

Note: Moksha themes do not control the appearance of application windows, i.e. such things as their scroll bars and menus.  GTK themes control these (see below).

GTK Themes

The GTK theme is the overall theme that handles stuff like the panel color, the backgrounds for windows and tabs, how an application will look when it is active vs. inactive, buttons, check-boxes, etc. Ideally, you should select a GTK theme that matches your chosen Moksha theme.  To do this open the Application Theme:

  • Quick Launcher:  (WinKey + <space>): Type Application Theme and hit <return>
  • Main Menu:  Menu > Settings > Settings Panel > Look > Application Theme

With the Application Theme window open (on the GTK Applications tab) make your choice.  For example, if you have chosen the Radiance Moksha theme, choose the GTK theme of the same name. Further visualizations of this step can be this wiki page: Changing Themes.

Application Theme Selector

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.

Icon Themes/Sets

Icons Themes (or Icon Sets if you prefer), can be changed away from the icons bundled within your Moksha Theme (see above for more detail on Moksha Themes). This will change all display icons, such as those found on Shelves and in Menus, File Manager, etc.  If you wish to change your Icon set open the Application Theme Settings, this can be achieved using a number of methods:

  • Quick Launcher: (WinKey + <space>): Type Application Theme and hit <return>
  • Main Menu:  Menu > Settings > Settings Panel > Look > Application Theme

With the Application Theme Settings window open (on the Icons tab) make your choice from the list of icon sets and click Apply. A visualization of this can be seen in the wiki page named: Changing Icon Themes.

Application Theme Settings

More Icon sets are available for download/installation via the AppCenter.  When you download and install these, you will have to close and reopen Application Theme Settings to view/select.

Wallpapers

To change the wallpaper, go to 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. Further visualizations of this step can be seen within the wiki page: Changing Themes.

Note: 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.)

Managing Startup Applications

This area will let you add programs to your startup using the Startup Application panel. You can open Startup Applications using a number of methods:

  • Quick Launcher (WinKey + <space>): Type Startup Applications and hit <return>
  • Main Menu:  Menu > Settings > Settings Panel > Aps > Startup Applications

With the Startup Applications window open (on the Applications tab) highlight any installed apps you’d like to run on startup, click Add, repeat as necessary and finally click Apply.

Default Language

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.  Follow this link to change your default language.

Installing Additional Software

Now that you have configured your new Bodhi installation, are you ready to add some sweet software?  Click here for an in-depth view of the various methods to install software/applications. Alternatively, you can see what software is available in our AppCenter which can be installed directly from your browser.

Bodhi’s DuckDuckGo Browser Search

Bodhi Linux has a partnership with the wonderful folks at DuckDuckGo that helps generate some revenue to support our project.

The default browser (Epiphany) which ships with Bodu Linux 5.1.0 defaults to using the partnered DuckDuckGo search engine.

If you have chosen a different default browser you can continue to support Bodhi Linux by configuring your preferred browser to use the Bodhi Linux DuckDuckGo search. for more information see: Bodhi’s DuckDuckGo Browser Search

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.

 

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