Sunday, January 25, 2015

Introducing BodhiBuilder

If you follow me on GitHub then you likely noticed I have added a few projects in the last few days. One of these projects has been on my TODO list for awhile - cleaning up the old remastersys script I have always used to create the Bodhi Linux ISO images for the last few years. Today I am pleased to announce you can find my fork of remastersys dubbed "BodhiBuider" on GitHub here.

The couple of notable changes I have made so far are:

  • XZ compression to decrease image size
  • Starting support for UEFI booting
  • Default Bodhi branding
If you take the time to peruse the code and have any suggestions for improvement please feel free to share.

~Jeff Hoogland

Monday, January 19, 2015

Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded

Just over four months ago I announced that I was stepping down from the active role I had maintained in the Bodhi Linux project since it started a little over four years ago. Today I am happy to share that I am returning in my full capacity as project manager/lead developer and I come bearing gifts!

Over the past couple of weeks I have re-familiarized myself with what has been going on in the land of Enlightenment and cleaning up the Bodhi build scripts (which you can find on my GitHub). Today I am pleased to share what I have been referring to as a "Reloaded" version of work on this third major release. To cut right to the chase I would like to share download links for the "Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded" release.

Download Links

Technical Details
  • Enlightenment 19.2 Desktop
  • EFL/Elementary 1.12.2
  • Linux Kernel 3.16
  • Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Core
  • Midori Webrowser 0.5.9
  • Terminology Terminal Emulator 0.7.0
  • nm-applet connection manager 0.9.8
The "Legacy" ISO image is a special disc tailored for older hardware. It contains the same core software as the 32/64bit releases with the following exceptions:
  • Non-PAE Linux Kernel 3.2 with i486 support
  • Enlightenment 17.6 Desktop


Unlike previous Bodhi Linux releases, the 3.0.0 release will have a more uniform look, instead of requiring the user to choose what the system looks like when it first starts up. This makes setup easier for new users, while Enlightenment still allows power users the configuration options they crave.

Live Image Splash

Boot Splash

Login Screen

Default Desktop


Wrapping Up

While I am not calling this a stable release, there is a good chance these images strongly resemble what our stable release will look like when it comes out next month. 

You can get support installing/using Bodhi Linux 3.0.0 RC2 Reloaded in the Bodhi Linux 3 section of our user forums. I would ask that you please do not post requests for support on this blog post as the comments section here is not designed for troubleshooting.

Thanks for giving Bodhi Linux and Enlightenment a try.

~Jeff Hoogland

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

HOWTO: Fix Client Distortion on Ubuntu 14.04

Late last year an update to the game launcher exposed a bug in in the Mesa library. This caused the launcher to look something like this while running under Wine on Ubuntu 14.04 with some graphics cards:

You can find the opened and closed bug report here. Sadly this patch has yet to make its way into the default Ubuntu 14.04 repositories (and who knows if it ever will) so to resolve the issue you need to update your Mesa packages. You can do this via the Xorg Edgers PPA with the following commands:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:xorg-edgers/ppa
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get dist-upgrade
You might need to restart your X server for the changes to take effect. This fix should work with all Wine variants such as Play on Linux and Crossover. If you are using a non-Ubuntu based distro, you will want to install Mesa version 10.4 or newer. Enjoy your gaming!

~Jeff Hoogland

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Weather Trek - Weather planning for Trips

New year, more new projects! I do a good bit of traveling for work and this time of year traveling in the Midwest the weather is a constant battle. After loading up four different zipcodes on twice a day for a few days in a row trying to get an idea of what the weather would be like while traveling on the upcoming weekend, I decided to make a simple tool to look up the information for me.

Introducing my simple tool I'm calling Weather Trek:

Like my other projects this one is written in Python and utilizes the Qt toolkit for the GUI. You can find the source code and Debian/Windows packages on the GitHub page here.

After launching the application, simply post two locations into the entries at the top and click the "Get Weather" button. Weather Trek then uses Google Maps to find the optimal route between these two cities and then looks up the five day forecast along this route on To get more detailed information for a particular point, you can click on the city name on any day.

The GUI and functionality is currently very simple and I am open to ideas for improvements. You can post about bugs/ideas on the GitHub page.

~Jeff Hoogland