Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bodhi Linux 2.1.0 Released

I'm happy to release to everyone our first scheduled update release of Bodhi Linux's 2.x.y branch - version 2.1.0. For those that want to get straight to the disc images you can find them in 32bit flavor here and 64bit here. There are a number of wonderful changes/improvements to this disc over our 2.0.1 disc released a couple of months ago. I'm going to outline the more important of the changes in this post, but you can always find our full change log here.

Before I dive into the changes - I'd like to just remind all existing Bodhi users that since this is simply an update release, you can easily update existing 2.x.y installs to these changes via the package manager.

Profiles and Themes:
The first thing you will notice are four fresh themes along with the elegant E17 Black and White theme appearing on this version of Bodhi's LiveCD:






Software:
We have a fresh build of Enlightenment and Terminology pre-installed on the disc. Beyond that our repositories contain the latest LibreOffice 3.6.1, Firefox 15 and Chromium 21 among a number of other current applications. The default kernel for this release is based on Linux 3.5

Two major software changes I'd like to highlight. First is that this build is now utilizing a much more recent version of the LXDM display manager. This updated version compiled from LXDM's GIT sources fixes a long standing issue with passwords that contain spaces and also adds support for user lists at the login screen:


This version of LXDM also comes with a very nice configuration tool:


Second, the PCManFM file manager has been dropped in favor of the Enlightenment native EFM:


This file manager lacks some advanced features (such as connecting to network shares), but it does support some nice features such as image and video previews. Those users still wanting PCManFM will be able to easily install it via the package manager.

Finally, if you have any issues with this live CD or Bodhi in general please open a support request on our user forums. The comment section of this post is not the best place to trouble shoot things.

~Jeff Hoogland

39 comments:

  1. Hooray for EFM becoming the default file manager, it's so lightweight and good looking.
    Congratulations with the new release Jeff!

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  2. Missing the new themes in the Art-Wiki ... and don't find em after the update from 2.0.1. Where are they hiding?

    Beside of that: Looks great. Thanks for all the work!

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    1. The Art wiki needs some updating - it is on our TODO list. All the themes you can find in your package manager - search for bodhi-theme- in synaptic or the CLI. If you install the bodhi-theme-pack it will grab all the themes.

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  3. Just like the kernel
    can you guys use the git version of ModemManager(0.6) & Network Manager(0.9.7)

    As its essential for people with newer modems
    & has many new features

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  4. Congratulations, Jeff and the whole Bodhi team!

    The updates sound excellent and the new themes look great.

    Any chance you'll be backporting the new Ubuntu 12.10 installer after it's released next month? It's going to have full disk encryption (and LVM support) built in (which used to require the alternate text-based installer).

    David

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    1. We will look into it for our 2.2.0 disc that will release in December for sure - but if past Ubuntus have been any indication the installer will be riddled with bugs, meaning it is likely we will stick with the current install until we see what 13.04 ships with.

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    2. Sounds like you're planning a pretty aggressive schedule. That's great news. Few people want to get stuck with a distro that doesn't stay up-to-date. I'm especially pleased that you're keeping up with current releases of key applications such as LibreOffice and Firefox, as well as Enlightenment. I saw that the developers are planning on finally releasing a version of E17 in the upcoming months that won't be labeled a beta.

      David

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    3. Mhmmm! Our goal is to keep things current without needing reinstalls every six months.

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  5. Thanks! Great distro!

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  6. Has the DBUS issue been fixed when logging out?

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    1. The harmless dbus message still appears on shutdown if you have the notification module loaded. We are looking into it, but since it is a very minor issue it isn't very high on our TODO list.

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  7. http://www.bodhilinux.com/about_news.php does not know about that release, yet. Also the download page still points to 2.0.1

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    1. A number of browsers are caching old information from the website for some reason. Clear your browser cache - the updated information is there and has been there since this post went live.

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    2. I have tried it with a clean fresh browser installation without any cache.

      http://www.bodhilinux.com/about_news.php

      does not contain any news about the new release and

      http://www.bodhilinux.com/downloads_workstation.php

      says: 'The current version of Bodhi for your Workstation is version 2.0.1'

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    3. It is a browser issue. It works fine here.

      That being said, I've already sent our web-dev an email to see if he can get the website to manually clear out whatever browsers seem to be caching the old data into. You can head over to our source forge page in the mean time for download links.

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    4. There seems to be two versions of the site online: one with www.bodhi... and another only with bodhi... (without www). The version of the site that has the latest release is the one without www (which is the one Jeff shows in the screenshot above). It is not cache.

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    5. Wow - good catch Otto! Something clearly got slightly messed up during a recent web server move. Will get this fixed ASAP.

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    6. It's shown correctly now.

      Thanks for taking care.

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  8. Thanks. Does Efm have tab or pan?

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    1. EFM does not support tabs - not sure what you mean by "pan".

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  9. it looks nice,
    is it significantly faster than let's say... linuxmint13? i mean booting, shutting down, memory usage?

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  10. EFM over PcManfm? you're Crazy dude...

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  11. Installed... great...thank you..

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  12. Is this really worth going through the trouble of installing over 2.0.1? :(

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    1. This is not Ubuntu. Our minor releases do not need reinstalls. Simply update via your package manager.

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  13. Is it relatively easy to get Broadcom wireless chips working with Bodhi? Are the STA drivers easily installed? I currently have Peppermint installed on my laptop but like the look of Bodhi - if I can get wireless working without hours of work.

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    1. Try the live CD a number of Broadcom chips work OOTB - if it doesn't work right off the bat we have a wiki page for installing the STA drivers.

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  14. Nice work... installed it on my laptop & tower... no problems or issues to be noted. :-)

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  15. Looks really nice.

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  16. Hi
    I just wanted to let you know that somehow your distro, even though it is an ubuntu derivatives, lack the wacom module.

    Everytime I tried to install bodhi on my touchsmart laptop, with a wacom touchscreen, the wacom module does not load even aftera modprobe command.
    Maybe you want to include the wacom module in your kernel config.

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    1. Bodhi's kernel configs come directly from upstream Ubuntu.

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  17. Jeff
    Excellent work. I started using Linux when it was installed via 12 3.5 floppy's and haven't looked at anything that wasn't FOSS since.

    I have tried every distro imaginable and even all the BSD flavors...

    By far your work is a cut above
    Yesterday my wife complemented on the intuitive easy that E17 offers!
    Thanks
    Steve

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  18. This is based on what version of ubuntu ?

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  19. Jeff, do you know if the new file manager will open FTP shares when used with Gigolo?

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