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The Age Of Enlightenment

posted 23 Sep 2012, 03:05 by Alistair Hamilton   [ updated 10 May 2016, 04:48 ]
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I have been using Linux as my prefered OS since 2006. I wouldn't go back to Windows on my main machine if you paid me. I still maintain Windows on secondary boxes, but they are used purely for the purposes of maintaining support for clients that remain with Microsoft.

One of the benefits of Linux is freedom. Freedom to choose what ever desktop environment/window manager you like and not have it imposed upon you. Microsoft forces users to use whatever Microsoft deem fit. With the imminent release of Windows 8, users will be forced into a paradigm shift in user interfaces. Even desktop users will be forced into treating their workspaces as tablets - but that's a big gripe for another day.

My longterm favoured Linux distro has not been immune to such changes. Two years ago, Ubuntu started shipping with the Unity interface - again based around a unified interface for all devices from performance high-end desktops down to mobile devices and tablets. I hated it! So I stuck with Ubuntu 10.04 LTS and its Gnome 2 based environment.

I wanted to give Unity time to mature, have the bugs ironed out and so on. We're soon to see the release of Ubuntu 12.10 and I'm afraid to say I still hate it. So much so that I'd decided over recent weeks to go switch to Xubuntu which uses XFCE as its desktop environment. I'll take the opportunity to completely wipe my hard disks, tidy things up and reorganise things the way I want. I simply need to set aside the time to do so.

That was the plan, until I tried Bodhi Linux 2 the other day.

Bodhi uses the Enlightenment interface and it is, quite simply, beautiful. Yet that beauty isn't at the expense of speed. This distro, based on the Ubuntu 12.04 release, absolutely flies, even when running from a LiveUSB.

The Bodhi philosophy is to provide the bare minimum and not install loads of applications that you may never use. As such, the installation process is very quick. You can then go via the Bodhi AppCentre and pick and chose the applications you want to install thereby ensuring you only have the applications you need.

Not only that, the environment is configurable to the smallest detail, as you can see from some of the examples in the video below. What is remarkable is the system requirements to support this beauty: 300MHz CPU, 128MB RAM and 2.5GB HDD. On anything remotely modern, this performs magnificently.

It is now my prefered choice and I'll be doing a full trial run on it shortly with a view to installing it permanently as my main distro. I urge you to check it out.