Bodhi Linux is still a pretty new distro, and many of us are also new to the Enlightenment
environment that it presents so neatly.
So to help you get started, here's how I like to set up a new desktop or laptop, rather than a 'phone or tablet interface (which is also supported by Bodhi).
This applies to Bodhi LInux Version 1.2.1
, current at the time of writing.
Unlike most distros, Bodhi offers desktop layout and theme configuration during installation, as well as afterwards. So if you are installing (or booting a Live CD), choose the 'Laptop
' layout which gives you a menu bar at the top and a dock at the bottom. It also comes with the most
elegant digital clock - imho.
I usually choose the smoky look of the 'A-Smoke24H
' theme, it looks good, does not distract too much, and is the right albedo for the light in here. Your mileage may vary, of course! We'll come to more themes later on....
Once the Installation/Live Boot has finished, you can take a look at the desktop and play with the menu (top left button) and dock at the bottom. But wait
! The whole desktop is also a menu button. Just click anywhere.... That can be really useful on a 24" screen, I find.
The menu will not have a lot in it after a first installation, and the dock at the bottom will have even less. This is because Bodhi starts with the minimum necessary to get you going. Fear not, there are two elegant package bundles (one slim, one full featured) on the Bodhi website AppCentrehttp://appcenter.bodhilinux.com/
that can be installed with a couple of clicks.
But for now let's play with the configuration of E17 - after taking a peek at 'free' in the terminal, to see how much RAM Bodhi is eating. Our elderly but contented Compaq C300 (Celeron 420, shared Intel graphics) reports that 86MB is being used by the OS, excluding buffers and cache. That is truly satisfying to see on a laptop with low RAM.
The first thing I do on a disk installation is to enable the compositing desktop, which you may think foolish on early Intel graphics and a slow Celeron, but it just works. Don't worry about the RAM, because the 86MB quoted above includes the compositor, and Conky too.
Now, click through Menu -> Settings -> All -> Extensions -> Modules
....and then select the 'Look
Below you will see one of the options is 'Composite
' - select this by clicking on it.
At the bottom a button labeled 'Load
' will now be active; click on this to load Composite, and then you can close the window. Composite should now be running.
Now reboot - although I have sometimes played with it on a Live CD for a bit, expect some unusual
effects if you do!
I prefer a less flamboyant Composite configuration than the standard one (the windows are a bit too bouncy) so we click through :-
Menu -> Settings -> All -> Look -> Composite
....and select anything but
'Default' - usually we choose the 'Popup
....then close. Windows no longer bounce.
The dock bar at the bottom is called 'Engage
', and you can configure it by right-clicking on it and selecting 'Configure Bar
'. We usually kill the 'Mouse-Over Animation
' item which is a bit in-yer-face, but the grandkids love it <grin>. You can also play with the Icon size
and and Zoom
You should now have a pretty slick desktop that looks good without being too flashy!
If you want a larger selection of themes you can get them at the Art Wiki http://art.bodhilinux.com/doku.php?id=bodhi_themes
If you doubt that a slick compositing desktop can run in 86MB of RAM (continuously displayed in 'Conky') on a crusty old Celeron with Intel shared graphics, then I don't blame you. We were just so surprised.
Bodhi also runs amazingly well on our old 367MHz P3 with 256MB RAM - just don't open too many tabs in the Midori browser. Web pages eat RAM.