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:

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