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Old 01. Jun 2011, 07:37 PM   #11 (permalink)
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I used to think the same about Bodhi for newbies, but now I'm not so sure. I especially like how they've created two packages of extra software, one including the kitchen sink, and another more functional than fancy, which users can choose to either install or download. I picked Thunderbird and VLC from the full list, hit install, and both did just that and worked perfectly using the live CD.
OK...... I'm impressed. Seems Jeff and the gang has ramped things up. I'm going to download the ISO and install it on VirtualBox. I have always liked the idea of customizing the system at install. Very novel approach.
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OK...... I'm impressed. Seems Jeff and the gang has ramped things up. I'm going to download the ISO and install it on VirtualBox. I have always liked the idea of customizing the system at install. Very novel approach.
Yes, there's obviously a lot of thought gone into what folks might need to do after they've downloaded the ISO which is not what you see where many distros are concerned

I used UNetbootin and stuffed mine onto a 2G flash drive.

My system (according to the pop up I received) doesn't support OpenGL so choosing the composting profile reverts back to the software manager (whatever that is), gives me wobbly windows but not a lot else. I still like how this "looks" though with minimum attention and I can do without the rest. There's still "fancy", "desktop" and other profiles included so I might get round to playing with them too.

Just for comparison, Mandriva uses around 15% of my memory fired up and Bodhi 5%, if I can believe GKRellM which I did install virtually onto the live CD but it wasn't very stable. It froze, refused to budge from where it first appeared on the screen and I couldn't see how to shut it down. Maybe it will behave better in a proper install. Conky worked great but most of the configs I've seen are too big for my liking. Maybe there's some desktop gadgets around for CPU and net speed which is all I really need.

As we speak I'm downloading the final for Mageia which was released today. I did find out via their forum that I can actually do an upgrade from my installed Mandriva 2010.2 to Mageia but I wanted to get the live CD to see how it behaves with my network. If this too contains the latest and greatest KDE manager then it likely won't work so I'll stick with Mandriva which does.
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I installed Bohdi and in fact I'm writing this from Bohdi. I have been playing around with it for the last few hours. I'm finding it takes some getting used to. Customizing it to my liking took some time to figure out what does what. This is the thing I feel would be difficult to the newbie. Granted there is good document support available and to be honest I just skimmed over it. I suppose if a newbie where to read the documentation its possible they could muddle through. That begs to ask the question. How many people throughly read the documentation? I guess that argument could apply to all distros. Anyway Bohdi delivers what it says. The software installer is a nice touch and the systems performs very well inside vBulletin so it is indeed its easy on the resources.

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Just a minor correction wdhpr, don't know if you are aware or not. Its Bodhi, and not Bohdi .
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I installed Bohdi and in fact I'm writing this from Bohdi. I have been playing around with it for the last few hours. I'm finding it takes some getting used to. Customizing it to my liking took some time to figure out what does what.
These are good points but for a true Linux newbie they would be the same for any distro. In many ways they appear even worse for us because we already know our way around these parts of Gnome and KDE. I remember similar statements being made about Windows as things got changed between the versions.

I still think folks who really need a full system with all it contains will look first at KDE if they want the bling too, or the best of the Gnome variants like Mint. Bodhi scores because it is pretty, with minimal system requirements, will work out of the box for pretty much everyone and adding extra programs for average use is a breeze.
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Just a minor correction wdhpr, don't know if you are aware or not. Its Bodhi, and not Bohdi .
Ah Heck.... It shows up as misspelled either way Spell check only gets ya so far.

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I still think folks who really need a full system with all it contains will look first at KDE if they want the bling too, or the best of the Gnome variants like Mint. Bodhi scores because it is pretty, with minimal system requirements, will work out of the box for pretty much everyone and adding extra programs for average use is a breeze.
I'm thinking of doing an experiment using my 12 yr old son who knows his way around Windows Vista. I'm going to install Ubuntu and see how well he picks it up. It should be fun for him because it will give him a chance to show off to his dad and the side benefit will be his learning his way around Linux.

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I've also suggested in the VBox thread that we post all Bodhi related material here now.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/free...3-26-11-a.html

As per my reply in the other thread, I also have Bodhi installed now so keeping everything in one place will be more helpful to Jeff for feedback and comments.
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