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"The end of March is approaching and that means our first quarter update release is here. As is the case with all our update releases packages are fairly fresh. Enlightenment has been built from a fresh SVN pull from March 20th and the default Midori browser has been updated to the latest release. A more current build of the Linux kernel is in use as well; we are using the 3.2.0-19 build from upstream Ubuntu sources this release. Beyond that you will find current versions of other non-default software in our repositories including Firefox 11, Chromium 17 and LibreOffice 3.5 A new feature this live CD sports is the ability to boot fully into system memory (RAM)."
Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7
Small, reliable, and attractive
Not very configurable
Bodhi comes on a very small CD with just the Midori web-browser and the Synaptic package-manger, leaving you to assemble your own custom installation. This, of course, means that you need broadband. For the impatient, there are two packages that can be obtained from the Bodhi site (not from the package installer): Pratibha for small computers and Nikhila for larger ones.
Pratibha was 155MB in size and gave me Claws-mail, Xchat, ePhoto, ePDF, Pinta, Inkscape, VLC, Deadbeef, Abiword, and Gnumeric; all worked perfectly. Media codecs are provided and all files played, even my “mp4 from hell”. The documentation suggests that 128MB is sufficient RAM, and Midori ran in 90MB (plus cache and buffers).
The minimum hardware requirements are a Pentium 2 and 128MB of RAM. Dial-up internet is supported.
Enlightenment is certainly the prettiest of window managers, and a number of preset-configurations are offered, like netbook, plain desktop, fancy desktop. Unfortunately it is not as easy to configure as IceWM or Fluxbox, and the documentation is poor. Keyboard shortcuts are odd, like Alt-F4 for moving to workspace 4. Hinting control, instead of offering “full, medium, none” gives “bytecode, automatic, none” with no explanation, and no mention of subpixel smoothing.