Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Bodhi Linux RaspBerry Pi Beta

Edit/Update: You can find the latest release here -> http://www.bodhilinux.com/downloads_mobile.php

A little over six weeks ago I posted a very early image of Bodhi for the RaspBerry Pi. Today I am happy to let everyone know that I have published what I consider to be a "beta" quality image:

The download comes in the form of a compressed .IMG file, which can be extracted and then written to an SD card (2GB minimum). The first thing worth noting in this release is that the default username/password are different:

Username: pi
Password: bodhilinux

As for changes, this release is now utilizing Terminology as it's default terminal emulator and PCManFM file browser has been replaced with the native EFM (Enlightenment File Manager). The issues our first image had with networking and flash drives should also be resolved with this release. Also worth noting is that the AppCenter is now configured to work by default in the Midori web browser - but the synaptic interface runs fairly slow on the Pi hardware.

Finally - if you have any issues with this image please open a support request in the RaspBerry Pi section of our user forums. That is a much better place to trouble shoot than the comments section on this post.

~Jeff Hoogland


  1. Hi, Jeff.

    Excellent work. Very impressive.

    I can ssh raspberry pi from local network now. However, my router(just a simple hub) is very old. I have to compile/install ppp-2.4.5.tar.gz and rp-pppoe-3.10.tar.gz to get online.

    But this release doesn't contain gcc?

    1. Bodhi aims to keep things that aren't needed for the most basic system tasks not pre-installed.

      Unlike the other Debian images out there that come with 3 web browsers.

  2. But it still has "make" :P.

    Hmm...I think I have to blame my old router.

    By the way, so far so good. Very good distribution.

  3. Can't hardly wait for my Rpi to arrive.

    In the mean time... how does it perform?
    How much RAM is used, what is the general feeling?
    (In comparison with the sliding official version)

  4. Bodhi Linux might be a good direction to go for a Raspberry Pi official distro. Me and a friend were wanting a lite distro that used Enlightenment DR17 and I think that would be a great graphical environment for the Pi. DR17 is such a good balance of performance speed and eye candy.

  5. It's great distribution but like someone else told before me - why do not use Raspbian as a base OS? Now Raspbian figures as stable release, it contain some Hard Float optimizations. I do not know exactly how these optimisations looks like from repository site but I think Raspbian is sin-worth.

    1. Because the current Bodhi ARM branch uses ARMEL packages - which do not install on ARMHF - which is what Raspbian uses.

      We are currently looking into moving to a ARMHF package base, but this has only just started.

  6. I ordered my Raspberry PI on late March and I am still waiting for the board to arrive...

    I have seen the tar.gz image occupies 829 MB. What can you say of the installed one? How big and SD card should I prepare to receive that image?

    I read Raspbian is now using an improved coding for getting all possible juice from the processor.

    I will try both, most probably... as soon as I have my PI.

    Thanks a lot for your contribution.

    1. Ahh - good catch. Just added the SD information to the post - you will need at least a 2GB sd card.

      Also we are looking into incoporating the RaspBian improvements to our build :)

  7. Still waiting for our Pi....
    Glad we got the Efika MX last year!
    This is all good news, folks. Bodhi rocks on ARM hardware.

  8. Hi, thanks a lot for developing this adapted version.

    I've installed it on mi Pi but it seems that I cannot install any software on it. When using the 'install now' button, I receive a message saying either "Package 'NAME PACKAGE' is virtual" or "Could not find package 'NAME PACKAGE'". And when using the download option, I cannot find any way to run the .bod file (I do change the execute permission).

    I understand that the install now option cannot be used with a fresh installation. So what should I do? Thanks a lot for your help.


    PS: should I post this in a forum?

    1. The current version of our AppCenter is not fully compatible with our ARM releases. We are working on bringing this functionality over ASAP. For now you need to install software via the command line or with Synaptic.

      Also be sure you are using our latest ARMHF release - the links in this post where old, I am updating them now.

    2. Thanks a lot! Works fine using the command line. However, I tried to install libreoffice but it seems that the armel file does not exist. Anyways, great job and thanks again Jeff for your time and efforts... :)

    3. Libreoffice works fine on our ARMHF build. I wouldn't even try to run such heavy software on the RPI though - it would run horribly slow.


  9. LibreOffice runs fine on my machine - though, admittedly, the extra RAM probably helps (got a 512mb version). I had a look, much prefer your file manager, but will stick with Raspbian for now.