While Bodhi Linux isn’t a so-called headline distro it has gained a solid following over the years thanks to its combination of low system resource requirements and solid performance with the quirky Moksha desktop environment and popular lightweight desktop apps.
And truth be told I have a bit of a soft spot for it, too. I like distros that ‘do things differently’ and, amidst a a sea of pale Ubuntu spins sporting minor cosmetic changes, Bodhi Linux does just that.
Bodhi Linux 5.1.0 is the first major update to the distro in almost two years, and succeeds the Bodhi 5.0 release back in 2018.
The update, aside from being based on the recent Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS release and HWE, makes some software substitutions. The ePad text editor is replaced with the lightweight Leafpad. Likewise, the Midori web browser is supplanted by Epiphany (aka GNOME Web).
To help promote the new release Bodhi devs have put together the following video ‘trailer’, which you can view below if your browser supports video embeds:
Bodhi Linux runs well on low-end machines (though not exclusively; it’s perfectly usable for gaming rigs too). If you’re minded to give an old Celeron-powered netbook a new purpose then a Bodhi install wouldn’t be a bad way to go about it.
Fair warning though: the Moksha desktop environment, which is based on Enlightenment libraries, is not for everyone. The modular nature of Moksha means it works rather differently to vertically-integrated DEs like GNOME Shell and KDE Plasma.
But different isn’t necessarily bad.
If you have a 32-bit only machine you can download and use the Bodhi Linux 5.1 legacy release. This features Linux kernel 4.9 and no PAE extension: