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Old 02-08-2020, 09:32 AM   #1
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Bodhi linux 5.1 alpha release now available


As promised elsewhere on this forum, the Bodhi team is proud to announce the release of a testing ISO for Bodhi Linux 5.1.

Only 64 bit beta ISO images are provided at the moment. Don't worry tho, 32 bit ISO will be provide for our final release. Most users will want to download and test bodhi-5.1.0-64-beta.iso. This features the linux kernel version 4.18.0-18-generic. The hwe release is for users wanting a more recent kernel (5.3.0-28-generic) and kernel updates.

Be sure to read the two readme files found at this Sourceforge site.

Bilingual users who wish to help with our current localization efforts would be greatly appreciated. Anyone wish to help with documentation esp updating our quickstart guide to reflect changes in this release please contact us or comment here.

I am also pleased to announce a greater collaboration effort with the Bodhi fork, Escuelas Linux. In addition to reporting a number of (unknown to me) issues (fixed now) Escuelas Linux's developer Alejandro Díaz graciously provided us with improved spanish translations.

Much thanks to Štefan 'the waiter' Uram for his work on both the code and the themes and icons, to Alejandro Díaz again for his translation efforts and our current collaboration, and to Kiezel (Pjotr) for his work on localization and promotion

I hate to reiterate but donations of time, energy or money are greatly appreciated.
 
Old 02-08-2020, 10:46 AM   #2
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Yes, this is the first release after BL 5.0 we have been waiting for long time. I forced Robert for this release in the past several times but in the meantime hundreds of hours have been spent on Bodhi work, many and many bugs have been fixed, new features have been added etc. The changes list will be attached soon. Now we are here for listening your feedback before releasing the official version. Let's hope our effort will meet the positive feeling.

Štefan

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Old 02-08-2020, 12:22 PM   #3
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For those interested, an official changelog:

The ISO
These changes address problems found in our last official release 5.0
  • The Bodhi install icon shows properly in iBar
  • Nm-applet starts and shows in the systray
  • Ubiquity supports multiple languages
  • Redesigned Ubiquity slideshow package
  • Xdg home folders create at first boot
  • Fixed issue with error msgs on booting ISO in tty1 and syslog

Packages
  • Kernels 4.18.0-18 or 5.3.0-28
  • EFL 1.22.6
  • Terminology 1.6.0
  • Modified arandr for better moksha support
  • New module created to enable compositing via Compton
  • Massive changes in the theme MokshaArcGreen
  • Plymouth better support for dual monitors
  • eepdater removed
  • ePad replaced with leafpad
  • Synaptic package Manager added
  • gDebi Removed

Moksha
This list is far from comprehensive!
  • Elementary configuration is set to use our gtk theme as well as icons on first boot.
  • Fixed an issue with the places module gadget label not being localized
  • Fixed a segfault issue when unmounting usb drives via places module or pcmanfm after copying files to it
  • Complete support for the dutch language thanks to forum user Pjotr
  • Complete support for the spanish language thanks to Alejandro Díaz
  • Increase timeout for efreet update events coming in to help avoid efreet errors for users with slower or limited systems
  • Run Everything searching mode change
  • Splash screen matches automatically when theme change
  • Match elm theme if possible when setting e theme
  • Gtk theme is set when changing moksha theme if matching theme exists
  • Gtk recent documents integration with shot module
  • Systray module enhanced to prevent transparency issues. Also added SYSTRAY_SHOW_DELAY variable to show systray for older computers
  • Many Moksha Default theme fixes: now compiles with latest EFL
  • Bodhi’s default theme is now MokshaArcGreen with many changes and improvements
  • fix invalid/unneeded complaint on making a system dir from desktop icon editing
  • Clipboard Save history file on timer option added
  • Clipboard refactor settings panel
  • Clipboard paste into e_widgets fixed
  • Clipboard changed to event driven
  • Better xclip/xsel integration into clipboard module
  • GTK Support for e_widget copy added
  • Support for gtk3 bookmarks added to places module
  • Places: Display sizes >= 1TB in terse format as well.
  • Places: support sites other than desktop. Now on shelf and toolbars show just an hard-disk icon, clicking the icon will open a popup containing the usual volumes list.
  • Places: honor udisk udev rules and skip volumes with presentation.hide set
  • iBar: Implement FreeDesktop .desktop Additional Actions menu
  • Added MOKSHA_NO_NOTIFY env variable to suppress Notification of presentation mode on startup
  • Support for setting the background to a solid color added
  • Support for $XDG_CONFIG_HOME/mimeapps.list added because $XDG_DATA_HOME/applications/defaults.list is depreciated
  • Shot module dialog added complete with settings to enable/disable
  • removed security hole in e_start_main.
  • Improved e_log functionality
  • option for moving the winlist-selected window to the current desk
  • Screenshot delay countdown cancel added
  • Use a EINA_LOG_LEVELS environment variable for setting log level instead of a E_LOG_LEVEL macro
  • Respect the order of user modified PATHS
  • various minor bug fixes and code cleanup/simplification
  • Better support for QT Apps
  • keyboard support for syscon
  • More acpi events added to cover more buttons present on laptops et al.
  • CPU freq tacho hand fix and improved and expanded settings
  • Temperature module - using threads instead of tempget binary.
  • Power saving support for a live sleep mode found in some new laptops
  • e_startup: Check for efreet errors and notify user if errors
  • Evry: increase bc scale and use env var.
  • Misc other fixes to everything module (quick launcher)
  • fix for incorrect battery status on some devices
  • Ensure startcommands file has proper perms.
  • New enlightenment_remote arg -version
  • Remove efm desktop
  • Menu updates on fav items added or personal applications created or deleted,
  • Launcher list item text too short
  • Remove some E17 references visible to the user.
  • Clock custom date with strftime feature
  • Clock date size fix
  • Stop moksha from ‘thinking’ enlightenment needs updated which mysteriously started working again after raster made some changes to the e web site
  • Move Configuration Panel settings to Menu category

Hopefully, this list should alleviate rumours that development on Bodhi has slowed or stopped. As well as stop future reviewers from claiming as happened with our last release that not much had changed in Moksha. It wasn't true then and it is not true now.

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Old 02-08-2020, 07:49 PM   #4
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is testing in a vm helpful or is a full system install preferred?
 
Old 02-08-2020, 09:50 PM   #5
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is testing in a vm helpful or is a full system install preferred?
Just an opinion....of 23 years. Cut yourself a 20 or so gig partition and always install any distro on it. Use it. When you install the latest experiment SKIP grub and run the thing. When you boot back into your main do a sudo reinstall grub and it will add to the list for the selections upon the next reboot. When you get bored reinstall the next flavor and forget grub when it asks. Boot the daily and terminal the grub reinstall again. I have a partition on this thing that has had a dozen or more distros installed on it.Virtual is like a sex doll. It never resembles the real deal.
 
Old 02-09-2020, 07:03 AM   #6
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is testing in a vm helpful or is a full system install preferred?
Either really. But a full system install is useful, esp if you can install using uefi. I have no machine to test uefi installation on, altho I can simulate on a VM and I have a few people who have tested these isos this way for me on discord.
 
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Old 02-09-2020, 02:51 PM   #7
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OK, been giving the bčta (with the frozen 4.18 kernel) of 5.1 a spin. My findings / bug report / feature request:

Findings
First of all: good job! I like the new graphical artwork. The default application set has improved considerably: Epiphany is better (more secure!) than the outdated Midori, Synaptic is a must-have and Leafpad makes sense. Overall, Bodhi feels more polished and refined.

Bug report
So far, I've only encountered one probable regression bug: Terminology isn't Dutch localized in an otherwise fully Dutch localized system. In 5.0 Terminology *is* fully Dutch, so this appears to be a regression.

Feature request
The bčta I tested has a frozen 4.18 kernel, which is a former HWE kernel. It might make more sense to give it a frozen 4.15.x kernel instead, because that's an LTS kernel. This would distinguish it even more clearly from the HWE bčta with the enabled kernel updates.

It would also make *enabling* kernel updates less adventurous, because one would stay within the 4.15.x kernel series.

I might come with more remarks in the coming days, but this is the first round.

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Old 02-09-2020, 06:23 PM   #8
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ylee: in this new release are the kernel upgrades auto atic or does one have to shoose? also can one also go back to a working kernel if the newer ones do not work so good? Lastly; since i am so dense about linux and cli is it going to be easy to go back in kernel choices? Thanks and than you for the hard work you put into this.(And Stefan too)
 
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:39 PM   #9
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is it going to be easy to go back in kernel choices?
This third-party tool makes dealing with kernels easy as pie:
https://easylinuxtipsproject.blogspo...buntuplus.html

Installs and works fine in Bodhi. I heartily recommend it.
 
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Old 02-09-2020, 06:50 PM   #10
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i wonder if this is something ylee would say is good for Bodhi 5?

thannk you for the link and info.
 
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:10 PM   #11
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i wonder if this is something ylee would say is good for Bodhi 5?

thannk you for the link and info.
I don't use it but it works AFAIK. Lots of others use it.
 
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Old 02-09-2020, 07:25 PM   #12
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I see update manager core is installed in synaptic; but update manager is not. Is that what you installed? the one that is not core? Thanks kiezel.
 
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Old 02-09-2020, 09:32 PM   #13
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Either really. But a full system install is useful, esp if you can install using uefi.
my system is uefi and i have a partition i can load 5.1 on to. do you need any particular info? is it more about the installer/installation process or how things run in general?
 
Old 02-10-2020, 05:06 AM   #14
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I see update manager core is installed in synaptic; but update manager is not. Is that what you installed? the one that is not core? Thanks kiezel.
No, I dislike the Ubuntu updater. It's far too intrusive and far too limited in its features. In my opinion it's not technically flawed, but conceptually flawed.

The link I gave you refers to an Update Manager that has been forked off the official Update Manager of Linux Mint. Made by the former developer of Mint's update tools, so of high quality and reliable. You can install it in Bodhi if you follow the how-to (which shouldn't be hard to do).

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Old 02-10-2020, 07:02 AM   #15
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ok i saw other stuff there too and figured the first one is what you were talking about. I will ponder this move first. thank you!

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