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04 January 2013, 12:02

Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 ships stable E17 desktop

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Zoom The Compositing desktop profile of Bodhi Linux 2.2.0
Source: Jeff Hoogland

The latest version of Bodhi Linux now ships with the stable Enlightenment E17 desktop environment that was released recently. Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 also includes a new kernel option for 32-bit installs and has introduced hybrid ISO images. This release makes the minimal desktop distribution one of the first Linux flavours to ship the stable version of E17.

Bodhi Linux now provides two 32-bit install images: a version with a PAE-enabled kernel for machines exceeding 4GB of RAM and an image that uses a non-PAE kernel. Like the 64-bit image, the PAE-enabled 32-bit ISO uses a Linux 3.7 kernel while the non-PAE image provides an older 3.2 kernel. All images are now hybrid ISOs, meaning that they can be copied to USB memory sticks with a simple dd command and can be easily burned to CDs as well. The documentation for the distribution has also been updated and the desktop profiles have been reworked for the final release of E17. These provide several different desktop layouts – from a barebones setup to tiling window management and a complete composited desktop.

Bodhi Linux 2.2.0 is available for 32-bit and 64-bit x86 systems as well as ARM devices such as the Raspberry Pi, Nexus 7 and others. These images can be downloaded from Sourceforge. At the time of writing, packages on the Bodhi Linux web site had not been updated. Users of the 2.x branch of the distribution can update their systems through their package manager.

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