I am sure anyone who has been following the Bodhi project has taken note that the 3.0.0 release timeline has not happened as expected. Due to a variety of reasons I would like to announce today that I will no longer be actively developing Bodhi Linux.
Bodhi has been a labor of love for me that was started nearly four years ago. In that time all of the other original team members fell away. In fact I have worked with dozens of different people over the course of the last few years. I have made friends and learned more than I could have ever imagined.
With that being said, even though I no longer have the bandwidth to actively develop Bodhi, I know many enjoy using the project. So if you are reading this and have an interest in picking up where I am leaving off, please contact me. All Bodhi related code can be found on my GitHub page and I am more than happy to help guide you in the right direction with how things work as you are getting started.
To our users out there, thanks to your amazing support earlier this year our existing servers are paid for through the end of April 2015. So even if no one chooses to pick up where I have left off, your existing systems will continue having repository access until this time. Edit: Bodhi isn't dead, just changing hands.
All in all, it has been fun. I started Bodhi during my senior year of undergrad and have continued to guide it through moving three times, graduate school, getting married, several different jobs, and even my first wonderful kid:
I'd like to close with saying thanks to the Bodhi and open source community as a whole. In general you have been very supportive of the small project I started to Enlighten the world.
Thank you for all your hard work in producing such a great product. I have different versions installed on 2 netbooks. It is so lightweight and easy to use, it has made a huge difference to using my machines. I hope someone takes up the mantle and keeps bodhi alive.ReplyDelete
Good luck in all your future endeavours.
Please keep Bodi alive.ReplyDelete
Bodhi Linux is one of the best and lightest distro out there. I Have been using bodhi since 2 years. I installed many distro on my notebook but I kept coming back to bodhi. The beauty and performance of bodhi kept me hooked up. Thanks Jeff for your hard work and your efforts you put in to give us bodhi Linux. Really appreciate it. I hope someone as good as you pick up the work where you left.ReplyDelete
- A bodhi fan from India
Awesome job Jeff. Goodluck in your future endevours. Lets keep Bodhi alive!ReplyDelete
Thanks for all your enlightenment work Jeff, and wish you a great happy future in whatever you do.Delete
a sad day indeed ...........ReplyDelete
Thanks for your workReplyDelete
John, it's the second time someone quits the distro development before I can try it. :(ReplyDelete
I would like to contribute, though. More on that when I'll wipe trash and everything else from my machine lol
Jeff - I completely get it, being a father myself, and I want to thank you for all you've done in bringing a solid, world-class distro to life. My hope is that someone/others in the community pick up the baton and keep running with it. Good luck!ReplyDelete
Jeff, thank you for all your work, Bodhi Linux is one of the few distros that work on the original eeePC. Best of luck. Enjoy your children, as my mother said when I turned 60: "It seems like it was yesterday they handed me a baby boy, and now he is a senior citizen"ReplyDelete
You did good, bro!
Real life should be your priority; family, friends, work, etc. You just don't have time for it all.
Bodhi is/was an amazing distribution. You made it possible. Hopefully, someone will take up the project and move ahead.
Wishing you and your family health and contentment.
~V. T. Eric Layton (AKA Nocturnal Slacker, vtel57)
I wish you all the success in your future endeavors as Bodhi has been, it is a success story for the masses and Linux, without you it would have never been. Bodhi has a personality within it, it was you, Jeff. may all blessings wonderful come your way. Zephyr.ReplyDelete
Thank you so much for all the hard work you've put into this project over the years. Bodhi is the best of the light-footprint distros and Enlightenment was a great choice.ReplyDelete
Go and have a wonderful life, Jeff. You've done great work here. Thanks.
Bodhi was exiting journey, thank you all and have a great times with your family.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the great lightweight distro and all of your hard work. I installed Bodhi on a older notebook and it made it look brand new. I'm sorry to see it go, hopefully someone will pick it up. Best wishes as you go forward in your life.ReplyDelete
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Bodhi Linux was great to use and play with. Best of Luck to you and your family. You created something here you can be proud of and when you show your children and your grandchildren, they will be proud too.ReplyDelete
Merci beaucoup Jeff pour ton travail et le temps que tu as passé avec Bodhi Linux. Ce que tu as fait est vraiment très complet et, surement, nous a beaucoup aidé à apprécier davantage le système Linux. Je te souhaite tout le bonheur du monde, pour toi et pour ta famille. God bless you ;-)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Jeff. You did a very important job in bringing Enlightenment to the masses; I wish people would took care of things like EDE, for instance, like you did with Enlightenment.ReplyDelete
I hope someone steps up as maintainer of Bodhi, but for you I wish you can take some time to be with your family, specially your son. Some things in life are way too ephemeral, before you notice he'll be going to school. Be sure to teach him some things and to learn from him a lot of things.
I know your kind: you do things not because of others, but because there's joy in doing the good work.
I hope you can spare some minutes now and then to keep writing just like you did before -- that will be excellent, too.
Sad hearing it from you, thanks for your great work!ReplyDelete
Thank you Jeff.ReplyDelete
I love bodhi and have turned several other people on to it. It has also renewed my long-standing love for enlightenment, and I hope both projects continue successfully.
Enjoy and cherish your family, and godspeed to you all in your future endeavors.
Thank you for all that you've done. Bodhi is an amazing distro that I've had the pleasure of running on a small laptop for the last few years. Bodhi made it possible for that piece of hardware to live past it's prime, and made it possible for me to do my job in some remote places. It, and you, will be missed.
Enjoy your time with your kids. It doesn't last nearly long enough.
Thanks for the great distro.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Jeff! Bodhi is awesome!ReplyDelete
That's why I never use this kind of "one man distro" I use slackware ahahah.ReplyDelete
Best of luck, Jeff. And thanks!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Jeff, for not only putting life back into computers that had long been written off as dead, but also for Enlightening me. I wish you the best in life. Bodhi Linux is truly amazing and there really is no other minimalist distro quite like it. I sincerely hope others step up to take the reins and it continues to fulfill the vision you set out for it for years ago.ReplyDelete
Thanks Jeff. You've created a very nice distro and I hope the user community will be able to keep things going. All the best for the future.ReplyDelete
come to manjaro JeffReplyDelete
Thank you Jeff, for doing a wonderful work.you did an amaizing distro. The best I have ever tried. Thank you, from a Bodhi fan from Guatemala Central America.ReplyDelete
saddest foss news I could read.ReplyDelete
You created something totally original and I really like your approach to foss.
Hopefully this becomes a community project, so that it doesn't depend on the availability of just one.
Thanks for everything.
Oh well... Enlightenment is dead anyways... good bye Bodhi LinuxReplyDelete
Yes. Dead. No development or users. Less dead than you. You have zero users.Delete
Wonder what Pinguy's Antoni Norman may think but refrain to comment about the end of Bodhi.ReplyDelete
Gracias Jeff , Bodhi es una gran distro, la unica con Enligthment realmente buena , no habria una forma de que reconsideres ?ReplyDelete
Hoy si que estoy Triste T.T
I would like to know real reasons for quitting bodhi linux, probably a lots of bugs in e18, e19?ReplyDelete
Paweł Pijanowski has announced the release of SparkyLinux 3.5, a set of Debian-based distributions that come with a choice of LXDE, Razor-qt or Enlightenment desktops: "SparkyLinux 3.5 'Annagerman' LXDE, Razor-Qt, CLI, Enlightenment 18 & 19-dev is out. New live/install ISO images provide up-to-date packages and a few changes. All packages have been synchronized with Debian 'testing' repositories as of 2014-09-02. The system runs on Linux kernel 3.14.15. This time the Enlightenment edition is available in two variants: E18 - the stable line; E19-dev (0.19.0.18850) - development packages compiled from the git repository as of 2014-09-02. New application, Custom ISO Builder, lets you rebuild ISO images of SparkyLinux and some other images similar to SparkyLinux. New tool, Sparky-APTus-Extra, lets you quickly install additional applications from the SparkyLinux repository." Here is the full release announcement. Download (pkglist): sparkylinux-3.5-x86_64-lxde.iso (1,343MB, MD5), sparkylinux-3.5-x86_64-razorqt.iso (1,417MB, MD5), sparkylinux-3.5-x86_64-e18.iso (1,470MB, MD5), sparkylinux-3.5-x86_64-e19-dev.iso (1,532MB, MD5).Delete
Now THAT (Sparky) is a distro worth getting behind, not just another Ubuntu spin.Delete
Thanks for the hard work, and for the enjoyable-to-use distro. As they say, all good things must come to an end...but hopefully somebody will pick the ball up and run with it.ReplyDelete
Jeff, I'd like to chat with you about options for maybe taking over the servers, at least, maybe the entire project. TOO many GREAT distros have died out & MAYBE I can help this time. Jay.ReplyDelete
I'm a Kubuntu user myself, but have used Bodhi to resurrect older/slower hardware, and I recommend it OFTEN to others who are looking for a lightweight Linux distro. I appreciate all your hard work, and I hope someone(s) will step up and keep Bodhi alive.ReplyDelete
My Acer c720 chromebook became a much better machine with Bodhi 2.4. It really became a great way to work within a budget. Bodhi is a great distro and a great deal of fun to use. Thanks for all of your work and good luck with your life's next step.ReplyDelete
This is truly sad news to hear. Thank you for all the hard work you have done. Bodhi was a great distro and it was the name of my little daughter's toy bear :) Well, I was driving one day with my wife and daughter in the back seat and she kept crying. You know two year olds, they cry. I stopped at a gas station and bought her a big toy bear and she asked me what the bear's name is. I thought for a few seconds and said "I guess her name is Bodhi". That stopped her crying for the rest of the voyage. She still keeps that bear next to her bed, as I keep your distribution. Once again, thanks for all the efforts and I wish you a happy life with your family.ReplyDelete
Many thanks for all your work Jeff.ReplyDelete
Really really really thank you for those years of hard work and magic. Enlightenment was a great project, who helped many people around the world. Thanks from Brazil.ReplyDelete
May I have your e-mail. I'd like to discuss with you about the requirements of the project and position.ReplyDelete
I've started following you on Google+; Would you please reach back so that we may have a discussion.
JeffHoogland at Linux dot comDelete
thank you sir, bodhi is great distro. i hope somebody will continue to develope itReplyDelete
Hi Jeff, this is really sad. I was waiting for release 3 to install it and replace my ubuntu!ReplyDelete
I do wish the best for you and thank you anyway. Please let us know if someone is inheriting the project.
Damn! I'll have to install Enlightenment on Ubuntu!
Thank you again for all your effort and for giving us a very good distro. We'll all miss you and Bodhi
I installed it on my HP netbook, because I had trouble getting the wireless to work, I think its Broadcom. For unknown reasons, I have been consistently unable to activate Broadcom manually. Sigh.ReplyDelete
Anonymous age 72
It's really sad to me to hear it. I have been enjoying using Bodhi on my notebook for 1.5 years, it is really beautiful and fast distro. I hope somebody will continue this important work.ReplyDelete
Bodhi fan from Russia
Cute kid, well done ! ;)ReplyDelete
And real life is much more important than anything else. Life's just too short to spend it in front of a computer screen for too long.
I'm using and supporting elementaryOS now and it's a well designed and light distro as well.
Wish you all the best in your life !
Beyond domestic considerations that I understand and respect ... and I must admit the shock ... the drama is for me ... I use this ad Bodhi from the start and I EVER since my the fascinating world of Linux, never did me any distributing all the more attractive ... I really wish that this project is so bright contributors Bodhi ...ReplyDelete
"My dear wife, you get something twisted out of your insides by all this blood, filth, and noise. I wanna stay changeless for you. I wanna come back to you the man I was before. How do we get to those other shores? To those blue hills ? Love. Where does it come from ? Who lit this flame in us ? No war can put it out, conquer it. I was a prisoner. You set me free.
We. We together. One being. Flow together like water till I can't tell you from me. I drink you. Now. Now.
This great evil. Where does it come from? How'd it steal into the world? What seed, what root did it grow from? Who's doin' this? Who's killin' us? Robbing us of life and light. Mocking us with the sight of what we might've known. Does our ruin benefit the Earth? Does it help the grass to grow or the sun to shine? Is this darkness in you, too? Have you passed through this night?
We were a family. How'd it break up and come apart? So that now we're turned against each other. Each standing in the other's light. How did we loose the good that was given us. Let it slip away? Scatter it careless? What's keeping us from reaching out? Touching the glory?"
Tank you Jeff
Oh Jeff, how sad!ReplyDelete
Profound respect for your massive achievements that have informed our digital days.
But your family must come first.
If there is any way you can hand over to someone or some people, I'd be happy to support your nominated choice.
Bodhi has been the very best of Linux for us.
(comes to you from a fresh install of 2.4.0 on an old P4)
You should know that spam is being sent from the Bodhi forum!ReplyDelete
Should there be a note about this on the Bodhi Linux page at sourceforge?ReplyDelete
Thank you very much Jeff and all others who helped create and maintain Bodhi Linux. I really enjoyed learning with Bodhi. You guys have left some awfully big shoes to fill, for anyone wants to dedicate a distro to the Enlightenment Desktop... I had a bad feeling when the initial desktop setup steps were not going to be part of the latest incarnation of Bodhi, in a selfish way I am pleased as she'll never have lost that in a final release now.. A lot of advice surrounding Linux recently is encouraging homogenisation or making it easier for x win users. Long live enlightenment, cheers JeffReplyDelete
thank you for your workReplyDelete
Bodhi has been a favourite distro of mine for many years. I've installed and run it in many places where others refused to go, and it has been truly outstanding all along. I feel somewhat gutted about this news, but such is life, and it does go on. Many thanks for your tremendous efforts, and having the tenacity to turn your vision into stunning reality.ReplyDelete
Best wishes, Geoff.
Thank you so much Jeff... What a shocking moment... when I saw that there was no more bodhilinux in the list of Distrowatch... I've learn and enjoyed linux by bodhilinux for last three years... It revived my pentium 3 (IBM sub-laptop X20, X21) and several laptops and desktops. What a wonderful and beautiful moments... those were revived. Thank you again for Jeff's devotion for this valuable distro and good luck for Jeff's family and his dedicated colleagues ! And I'll be waiting for enlightening revival of bodhilinux in near future. ;)ReplyDelete
Thank you very much for all the work and care you put into Bodhi Linux. I am found it since I started using it two years ago. Unfortunately I won't be able to continue the project, but I wsh that before too late some will continue the good work you started.ReplyDelete
Good luck and fulfillment for all your future plans and full enlightenment.
Sad to hear it. I am going to start a bodhi linux based boinc network and now you are going away. I will always miss you in bodhi environment. Good luck, stay happy, and don't stop to use and development of bodhi linux.ReplyDelete
Thanks for creating Bodhi and well done. I am a big fan of Enlightenment so was great to see a distro that did it justice. I hope you enjoy being a parent, best adventure ever... best wishes to you and yours!ReplyDelete
Jeff, Thank you for all of your efforts in the Bodhi Project, I have a feeling that Bodhi is here to stay for a very long time. I don't see your leaving as a bad thing, it's just change, that's life, change is constant and inevitable. I wish you all the best in life, cheers!ReplyDelete