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How to Install a Lightweight Bodhi Linux 6.0

Bodhi GNU/Linux is a Ubuntu-based distribution designed especially for Desktop computing and is best known for its elegant and lightweight nature. The Distribution philosophy is to provide a minimal base system that can be populated with the applications as per the user’s choice.

The Base System only include those applications which are essentially required viz., PCManFM, GNOME Web web browser, Terminology terminal emulator, ePhoto, and leafpad. Apt or AppCenter can be used to download and install lightweight applications in one go.

Standard Bodhi Gnu/Linux is designed for an Intel-compatible processor with an alpha release version for ARM Processor (Tablet computing) based on Debian GNU/Linux. The ARM processor version of Bodhi is no more officially supported, in lack of time.

Built on top of Ubuntu’s long-term support release, Bodhi releases security fixes on daily basis for a period of 5 years. The most notable point is Bodhi has no release on short-term support. The package manager or command line can be used to update Bodhi.


Salient Features of Bodhi Linux

On May 12, 2021, a new version of Bodhi Linux 6.0 released based on the Ubuntu 20.04.2 LTS (Focal Fossa) base. Now we will take you to the journey of Bodhi starting from booting to Live environment and then installations. Here we go!

Installation of Bodhi Linux 6.0

1. First go to the official page of Bodhi Linux and grab the Bodhi Linux 6.0.0 for your system architecture and create a bootable UDB Drive using Unetbotoin or dd command, and restart the system.

2. Once your system reboots, you will be presented with the Bodhi Linux boot menu.

Bodhi Linux Boot Menu

3. Bodhi Linux Loading.

Bodhi Linux Starting

4. Choose your preferred language and click Continue.

Bodhi Linux Language

5. Enlightenment (Default) Desktop Environment.

Bodhi Linux Desktop

6. From the Bodhi Live Environment, locate and click the Install Bodhi Linux from the Main Desktop. Next, choose your preferred language and click Continue

Choose Bodhi Linux Language

7. Choose your general keyboard layout from the list on the left, then select the particular layout from the list on the right.

Choose Bodhi Linux Keyboard

8. Next, you need to set the software update preferences:

NOTE: For low specification PCs, unselect the option “Download updates while Installing Bodhi”, as this increases the memory requirements of the installer.

Choose Bodhi Linux Updates

9. Next, choose Bodhi Linux Installation Type:

Here I’ve selected Erase disk and install Bodhi.

Choose Bodhi Linux Installation Type

10. Write changes to disk?: No problem what option you have chosen, you will get this confirmation screen. Go Back if you are not sure about your changes; otherwise, click Continue.

Choose Bodhi Linux Disk Changes

11. Select a time zone based upon your geographical location.

Choose Bodhi Linux Timezone

12. Create a new user account by entering your name, computer name, username, and password. You may choose to log in automatically.

Bodhi Linux Account

13. Copying files, will take some time as per your machine specification. In the mean, you may read the welcome message.

Copying Bodhi Installation Files

14. Finally, the installation finished. Time to reboot the machine. You may continue testing it and choose to reboot later.

Bodhi Linux Installation Completes

15. The login screen. Enter your password.

Bodhi Linux Login

16. Finally the working Bodhi Linux desktop interface.

Bodhi Linux Desktop

My Thoughts about Bodhi Linux 6.0

The Bodhi Linux is exceptionally lightweight distribution and rock solid. The visual effects are really appealing. Enlightenment is pretty. Nothing seems to break in my testing. I am going to recommend this Distribution to every Ubuntu fan.

If you have an old machine and your current distro lags, you must have a hand on Bodhi Linux. The ISO image is nearly 800MB in size and the installation is pretty simple. Let us know your feedback on the Bodhi Linux as well as on this article.

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