Bodhi Linux 7.0 is its best release yet.

Bodhi Linux 7.0 is its best release yet.

Bodhi Linux 7.0: The Best Release Yet

Moksha’s Green theme is now the default.

Bodhi Linux, with its desktop based on Enlightenment, has always been a favorite operating system of mine. It’s not just because of its sleek design but also because the development team consistently delivers a solid system that is both fun and easy to use. The latest release, version 7.0, brings together subtle changes that make it the best iteration so far.

Bodhi Linux is an open-source operating system based on the latest Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu Linux, specifically Ubuntu 22.04. It adheres to a philosophy of desktop minimalism combined with high customization, and once again, the developers have surpassed expectations by offering an even more seamless experience.

One of the noticeable improvements in Bodhi 7.0 is the simplified onboarding experience. In previous releases, users were required to answer questions during installation, such as whether the OS will be used on a laptop or desktop. However, this latest release eliminates those questions. Instead, upon first login, users are welcomed by the Moksha desktop environment.

The default Moksha theme features a vibrant green color scheme, complemented by a subtly animated background. The desktop includes an analog clock, a workspace pager for switching between virtual desktops, a system tray, application launchers, and a desktop menu. Additionally, as Bodhi’s desktop is based on Enlightenment, users can access the menu by clicking anywhere on the blank space.

Upon opening the desktop menu, you may notice that some important applications are missing. Out of the box, Bodhi 7.0 provides minimal applications such as the Chromium Web Browser, the Web Browser Manager for easy installation of other web browsers, and Leafpad, a text editor. However, users can easily access the GUI tool, Bodhi AppCenter, through the main menu, allowing them to install a variety of software, including LibreOffice.

It’s worth noting that Bodhi Linux does not have pre-installed support for Snap and Flatpak packages. To enable Snap support, users need to enter a few commands. For instance, you can run the following commands in the terminal:

sudo rm /etc/apt/preferences.d/nosnap.pref
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install snapd -y

On the other hand, Flatpak support can be installed out of the box with a simple command:

sudo apt-get install flatpak -y

Once either Snap or Flatpak is installed, users can easily install third-party, proprietary software titles from the command line.

Another useful feature of the Moksha desktop is the ability to add favorite applications that can be quickly launched from a right-click on the desktop. By accessing the Settings Panel, going to Apps, selecting Favorite Applications, and choosing the desired app, users can enhance their workflow and accessibility.

The list of improvements in Bodhi 7.0 is substantial, and although they may seem minor individually, when combined with the already user-friendly Moksha desktop, they create a noticeably improved operating system. Some key improvements include a new “s76” release with a cutting-edge performance kernel, default kernel updates, updated EFL and Terminology versions, removal of deprecated libraries in the Moksha Desktop, an upgraded login screen greeter with a password reveal feature, an enhanced Moksha Green theme as the default, the addition of the Thunar archive plugin, a web-browser-manager app inspired by Zorin OS Browser Manager, a new keyboard shortcut viewer, support for application instances in the iBar module, and a restructured Notification module with support for Notification actions.

As someone who has always had a soft spot for Bodhi Linux, I can confidently say that this latest release solidifies its position as a distribution I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to Linux enthusiasts. While it may not be suitable for total beginners, Bodhi Linux offers a highly customizable desktop that can cater to various skill levels, guaranteeing a fun and user-friendly experience. Don’t miss out on the latest release of Bodhi Linux. Download the ISO and install it today to discover a new level of computing joy.