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31 May 2012, 15:35

Bodhi Linux 2.0 alpha arrives for testing

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Bodhi Linux logo The Bodhi development team has published the first pre-release build of Bodhi Linux 2.0, the project's next major update. According to project lead developer Jeff Hoogland, the goal of the new version "is not to introduce ground breaking new features", but rather to "allow our distro to transition to the next major Ubuntu LTS as a distro base". As such, Bodhi Linux 2.0 is built upon Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, incorporating changes and new features from that release; the 1.x branch of Bodhi is derived from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.

The most notable change, Hoogland says, is the addition of native support for 64-bit systems: "From this point forward all Bodhi releases will come in x86 and 64-bit flavours." The developer also notes that the development release is considered to be "alpha quality" and is only intended for testing; use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised.

The distribution focuses on offering user choice and being minimalistic. It does this by including very few pre-installed applications by default and using the lightweight Enlightenment desktop – the word Bodhi is the Buddhist Sanskrit term for Enlightenment.

More details about the development release, including a list of known issues, can be found in the announcement blog post. The alpha release of Bodhi Linux 2.0.0 is available to download for 32- and 64-bit systems from the project's SourceForge page. Users testing the release are encouraged to provide feedback and report any bugs that they find. The current stable release of Bodhi is version 1.4.0 from March.

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