Monday, June 9, 2014

Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 Release Candidate 1

At Bodhi we work firmly on a "its ready when its ready schedule" as opposed to sticking to our set release goals and churning out something we are not happy with. Better late than never as the saying goes! Just ten days after the targeted release date I am happy to share our first Release Candidate for Bodhi Linux's third major release:


As you can see from the image our default theme has matured some (it is nearly complete in fact). For a full change log you can see my running TODO list as we work towards our 3.0.0 stable release here.

Download Links
Legacy Hardware Support

The most important new thing in this release is the addition of an ISO image that supports legacy hardware. The legacy ISO image features a 3.2 kernel that will work on 486 machines (or newer), including non-PAE hardware. This ISO image currently features the same E19 desktop that the other three discs have, but if all goes as planned the legacy disc will feature the E17 desktop by default starting with our second release candidate.

Existing 3.0.0 Users Can Upgrade

As always existing 3.0.0 users can simply use eepDater to get the latest and greatest system from their current install. 64bit users will need to implement this workaround though for a troublesome package that found its way into the beta.

Known Issues

There are a couple of small issues we are aware of and working to remedy for our RC2 release later this month. They are:
  • The quick start guide opens twice on the live CD/the first time you boot Bodhi
  • There is an Enlightenment segfault the first time you access the menu on the live cd/on a new install (just press f1 and everything is fine)
  • App Center does not work (we are still working on implementing a new installer tool for this)

Bug Reporting/Issues

As always please, please, please do not post issues in a comment on this post. Instead open a thread in the 3.0.0 testing section of our user forums. Also keep in mind this is a testing release not intended for production machines.

~Jeff Hoogland

31 comments:

  1. What is the Chromebook download option?

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    1. It is a an image with special support for the Acer C720 and HP 14" Chromebooks. It can be installed by following the directions here.

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    2. Could you update the article to include the new downloads? I didn't know there were updates(or 64 bit version) until later looking. The article is the first link when you search "bodhi c720 install guide".

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    3. What new downloads? RC1 is still the latest release as of today.

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  2. When it was shown, Japan was morning.
    I install and test use RC1 at once.

    64bit has protruded from CD size.
    Does this plan size diet?

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  3. Ah, so I have replace Lubuntu with Bodhi (again). Oh, well. Usually worth it.

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  4. For a C720 w/ 3.0 beta, do you recommend just updating via eepDater or do you think a fresh install is best?

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  5. Have been toying with Bodhi over the past few months but have not adopted (yet!) - would you regard this RC as suitable for everyday use (apart from the issues mentioned) or best to wait for the final release?

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    1. My wife has been using it on her daily computer since our beta release without issues. It is stable in the terms of not crashing. Mostly configuration/appearance things to improve at this point before the release.

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  6. Is there any plans to eventually include an updated kernel w/ the chromebook image? Or do you plan on sticking with the older kernel forever on the chromebooks?

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    1. I plan to use whatever upstream Ubuntu kernel works best with the hardware. Currently the default 3.13 kernel has a nasty hang at startup on Chromebook hardware.

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  7. Hi Jeff.. can i use chromebook iso to install on my samsung arm chromebook? samsung exynos.

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    1. No. ARM is crippled hardware that cannot run a normal desktop OS. You can install our unsupported image on the Samsung Chromebook following the directions here.

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  8. I'm having hard time adjusting to alt-tab not going to most recent window like most major OSes and multi-window environments. Is there a workaround or fix in the future?

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    1. I'm not sure what you mean. Alt+tab in E is functionally the same as in Windows/OSX/KDE.

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    2. Ok, it may be a bug, with latest updates installed as of 6/19, have 3+ windows open, then alt-tab. First time, it jumps to 2nd on most recent list (so far so good), then alt-tab again, and it goes to 3rd on list, and continuing alt-tab switches back & forth between 2nd & 3rd on list, when expected behavior is switching between 1st & 2nd on list no matter what (or always going to the most recent window).

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    3. That is not the behavior I see here. Run all your system updates.

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  9. Hello i am using Bodhi linux 32 bit legacy and read that 3.0 legacy will not use e19. is it because it is not working and should i wait to download it. can i use the rc version i have tried it on a live cd.

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    1. If the live CD works fine feel free to install. The final legacy disc will use E17 by default because E19 runs slower than E17 on some older systems.

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  10. Hello, I am using Bodhi 2.4.0 64 and I prefer e17 because i avoid composite (horrible artifacts watching hi-def video)which is mandatory for e19 to my knowledge. Is e17 fully supported in Bodhi 3.0 64 or even preinstalled? Also, in Bodhi 2.4.0 I can not switch to german keyboard, I have to use a workaround script from another german user I found in the net. Is that solved in 3.0? Thanks for giving us the best Enlightened Distro.

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    1. We are currently waiting on the release of RC2 so we can iron out proper E17 support for 3.0.0

      I only use Bodhi in English with a US keyboard. If you need help setting up something else please open a support request on our forums.

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  11. I love the Bodhi 12.04 chromebook .iso on my Acer c720. Waiting, with bated breath, for RC2 for my Toshiba chromebook.
    Many thanks to Jeff and the folks that create Bodhi.

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  12. Thank you so much for this. I just bought Acer c720 with the 4gb ram. Does the chromebook iso support PAE? So I can take advantage of all the ram.

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    1. The default Chromebook kernel is PAE enabled yes.

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    2. Awesome thank you so much Jeff :)

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  13. Hi When I use this iso on my c720, the wireless doesn't work, the device does not seem to be even detected.
    Any Ideas?

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    1. Make sure the "Connection Manager" module is loaded and that the "wifi on" box is checked. If you need help doing either of these things please open a support request on our user forums.

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  14. I am so excited about this 3.0 Bodhi release that I formatted it to a full 1Tib drive, confident that it will be as excellent as the 2.40 release, still no other OS have came even close with enlightenment as it desktop as Bodhi. I give my full support and regards to all who created a solid, well balanced operating system. I have no expectations, already met. I would like to see however the "Places" module for 3.0. Thanks. Zephyr

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  15. I've been using your c720 build of bodhi 2.0.0 and love it (thank you!). One serious problem is that the default display manager lxdm has a problem with ecryptfs so that if you encrypt your home directory (as you should with all portable machines), lxdm-binary consumes 100% of a CPU core; the workaround is to install another (uglier) dm such as lightdm. Do you know if this is resolved with 3.0.0?

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    1. Bodhi 3 uses LightDM by default. So this bug is no longer present.

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