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"Two months after our 1.0.0 release the Bodhi team and I are proud to announce the availability of Bodhi Linux 1.1.0. This is the first of our quarterly scheduled update releases to keep the software on the Bodhi live CD current. The live CD includes a number of package updates including: Linux kernel 2.6.39, Enlightenment SVN build from 2011-05-23; Intel 2.15 drivers, Midori 0.3.6. The Bodhi repository also saw a number of recent package updates including Firefox 4.0.1, Chromium Browser 11 and NVIDIA driver 270.41. When booting the new live CD you will notice that the art has undergone some changes as well."
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Easy way to make a custom installation
Enlightenment is not so customisable
Bodhi is based on the long-term-support version of Ubuntu, with updates, and software can be added from both Bodhi and Ubuntu repositories. It is able to run on a 368 CPU at 300MHz or better and in 192MB (not 128 as claimed).
It starts as a live CD from which you can install, using the usual Ubuntu installer. The only application provided is the Midori browser, the idea being that you can create your own selection. The prefered method of installation is with a browser, although Synaptic is necessary to get Ubuntu software. For the impatient there are two packages with a basic selection, Nikhila and Pratibha (light-weight programs). Media codecs are available in one package and all work. For some reason, this package also includes Microsoft fonts: an EULA shows up and you need to press Tab, then Enter, or the installation will never complete.
The distro worked well, but Enlightenment (the desktop) was rather inflexible. At first boot you are given a choice of of various configurations: bare screen (literally), basic, fancy (with a dock), compositing, or laptop. But further configuration is not easy. One might expect the tool to set sub-pixel smoothing to be found in the Settings menu, but it's in Applications! The panel clock is almost invisible, but I couldn't alter the colour of either the clock or the panel. The only way to set a compose key seems to be writing a script using setxbkmap, and don't expect a tool to get the script run at boot-up. If you like it as it is (Enlightenment is very good-looking and light), Bodhi is fine. Since the only alternatives are an experimental version of Sabayon and the rather shaky MoonOS, it's the obvious choice for Enlightenment fans.