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#89580 Free eBook on Bodhi Linux 3

Posted by JollyRoger on 21 February 2015 - 07:13 AM

I have today published an ebook on Bodhi Linux 3, covering both E19 and E17:


Bodhi Linux 3 for Beginners


It is an updated version of my Step-by-Step Guide to Bodhi Linux.


Please note that it is aimed at beginners, not experienced users.


#104634 Bodhi Linux introduced in my company

Posted by SmartDuck on 31 May 2017 - 04:49 PM

I work for a company that builds and monitors installations for water transport and refinement.

The IT company that manages our network wanted to throw away 6 MSI systems (1GB memory, Atom 230 processor) we use to give courses in our telemetry software, to old for a update to Windows 10. I've persuade my manager and installed Bodhi! My colleages where suprised :)







#102032 Bodhi Linux ebook published

Posted by JollyRoger on 04 December 2016 - 08:06 PM

I've just published the free ebook 'Step-by-Step Guide to Bodhi Linux 4'. You will find it here:



It is aimed at new users of Bodhi Linux.


Good reading!





#96238 Escuelas Linux nominated to UNESCO Prize

Posted by Astroboy on 14 December 2015 - 08:32 PM

Escuelas Linux, the Bodhi-based educational distribution, has been nominated to the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education, in its 2015 edition. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain, the prize was established in 2005 to reward innovations in teaching and learning that leverage technology to improve educational outcomes.  

It is UNESCO’s only prize in the field of ICT in education and seeks to recognize the organizations and individuals that are embracing ICT as a pedagogical ally and, in turn, make learning more effective.

Two prize winners will be designated by UNESCO’s Director-General on the basis of the recommendations of an international jury. Each winner will receive a diploma and a monetary award (USD 25,000).

The Mexican Commission for Cooperation with UNESCO (CONALMEX) endorsed this nomination, as they consider Escuelas Linux “a program that promotes the use of a free and open source software in education and provides a friendly environment for teachers and students, who can enjoy the use of ICT to improve teaching and learning”.

CONALMEX also stated: “This Commission supports the aforementioned proposal, taking into consideration that its development fosters the training of top students in Mexico. The CONALMEX considers that this nomination benefits students and teachers by increasing their skills on the use of ICT's to attain their specific needs”.

Wish us luck once again! ;-)

#103633 Sticky notes module

Posted by The waiter on 16 March 2017 - 09:51 PM



I want to introduce you my new little project for Moksha/E users. The idea is very simple. I miss something like Sticky note gadget on the screen. I know there are some apps like xpad etc. but I wanted something binded with desktop thus very low in resources. I also wanted it to be transparent with elegant look. I took it as edje layer (edc scripting) introduction which I always wanted to understand and make some code for fun.

Module is based on the skeleton module which needed lots of modifications and fixes.


It is very young project (just 5 days :) ) which needs some further work. So it has got some limitations. This way I want you to ask for contribution if you are interested.


Module behavior is the same as other gadgets. Actually the best will be show the screenshot:





#94985 Bodhi Linux 3.1.0 AppPack Release

Posted by Jeff on 17 October 2015 - 05:54 AM

Something new we are going to try out -> http://www.bodhilinu...pppack-release/

#106668 Excessive CPU useage by menu_cached process

Posted by Randy on 14 September 2017 - 09:23 AM

I think I speak for more than myself on this but, Thanks ylee for all your time and effort in keeping Bodhi Linux one of the best distro's around!

#104421 Hello Bodhi, Zagreb calling!

Posted by bodhi-buddha on 20 May 2017 - 05:25 PM

Namaste, my Bodhi friends!

I'm just your average 23 y/o student doing stuff that nobody really cares about. 


When did you start using Linux?

About 3 months ago.


Why did you start using Linux?

I'm not really sure. I was a Windows one trick pony who knew nothing of the miracles that open-source OS can provide. If I had to name one reason why I prefer Linux over Windows, its probably because I feel like I'm not just clicking on cute little icons or using a setup wizard (next,next,finish), I feel like I'm really computing.


Why did you start using Bodhi?

My first distro was Kubuntu. Now, don't get me wrong, I liked it very much and it helped me figure out this whole Linux thingy. I think, as a transitional distro, Kubuntu is pretty good. After a few weeks, I grew bored and surfed distrowatch.com all day. After a few really REALLY interesting weeks of literally downloading every single distro I could lay my hands on, I settled for LXLE. And it was fine, for a certain amount of time. After some time, I thought to myself: "Bodhi-buddha, surely you don't need a lightweight distro of this proportions, you can probably find something better". So after a few days of thorough searching, I found Bodhi. The first thing I probably saw was the word ENLIGHTENED. I cracked a smile and though to myself, this is probably the distro for me. I feel like Bodhi is a perfect combination of a distro that's capable of doing everything you want, but without all the clutter. So far, so good.


Transitional distro? You think you've transitioned your simple Windows mindset into the great Linux master race in only 3 months?

Actually, I don't think I have. I'm pretty beaten up about the fact that I didn't start using Linux at an early age, and now I'm trying to make up for lost years. I know my Linux proficiency is sub par but I really like learning about it. Got a good recommendation for literature? Send it my way :)


So you're from Zagreb?

Yeah, I live in Zagreb, Croatia. That little country in Europe that kind of looks like a dragon.


You're a student?

Yup, I have a bachelors degree in IT and I'm working towards masters. 


Favorite IDE?

Visual Studio


Favorite language?

C#, no doubt about it.


Favorite Bodhi feature?

Gotta be the AisleRiot Solitaire. I'm seriously hooked. I vaguely remember playing it when i was a kid and not understanding what the hell I'm doing. I spend an hour a day playing Solitaire.


Can I be your friend?

Sure, add me up and we can chat all day buddy.



Yeah, I'm not as active on this forum as I'd like to be, but I'll check it out a few times a day.


So, that's about it.

Cheers to all my Buddhas!

#96358 Hey There - I'm the Bodhi Manager!

Posted by Jeff on 23 December 2015 - 03:50 AM

Welcome to the introductions section of the forum - feel free to create your own thread and share as much or as little about yourself as you'd like!

As for myself - I'm a father of two currently residing in central IL. I started using Linux with Kubuntu 7.10 back in early 2008 and haven't looked back since. I started using Enlightenment in early 2010 and started the Bodhi project a little over a year later towards the end of 2011.

My software experience development experience is largely with python, however I've also got some background in C, bash, and shivers VBA. 

My primary job currently is a stay at home father, but in addition to contributing to Bodhi and some other software projects I also work as adjunct mathematics faculty for a small college. To top all of that off I moonlight on the weekends as a semi-professional card game player for a game called "Magic: the Gathering".

#94531 Classic-menu module for Moksha

Posted by ylee on 24 September 2015 - 06:08 PM

A few of you know this but most don't. I have created a new module for Moksha. The Module, Classic-Menu restores some menu items to Moksha's main menu that used to exist in previous versions of Bodhi and one still finds in current versions of enlightenment. This is the first enlightenment/Moksha module I coded and was an educational experience for me which has made me somewhat eager to learn more about enlightenment module programming.
But anyway some of you may have noticed the main menu for Moksha differs somewhat from the previous menus found in Bodhi or in Enlightenment. I am referring to the missing menu entries for Desktop and Windows. I first looked into this because of Elw3's  forum post, Windows entry in menu?  It has also been mentioned a few other places on the forums, see an even earlier post, Desktop settings missing from menu?
I actually use the Windows menu item alot and btw don't mention alternatives here to me as I know them and I know my way around e17, e19, Moksha very well and plus they are documented here on the forums and should be somewhat in our Bodhis guide to Moksha/Enlightenment. So to make a long story short I followed Jeffs advice:

This is a menu entry most people have no need for so it was removed. If someone wants to pack it up as a third party module that would be OK to include in the repos.

You can create key bindings for showing a current window list or just use a taskbar like a normal person :P

and tried my hand at created a module to restore the missing menu items. Earlier today I added debs for the module to the main repo so if you wish to try it, test it, use it simply install it by the usual:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install classicmenu-moksha

Load the Module as any other and you are good to go :)


The module is sorta pointless if you are using Enlightenment and not Moksha. So I added moksha as a dependency  so it shouldn't install on enlightenment or at least give you a chance to 'chicken ' out.


Currently the Module is english only but I hope to eventually add support for other languages :) Anyone wishing to translate stuff for it don't post here instead IM or email me.


But please report any problems or successes here.


I hope this module is of some use to those Bodhi users that miss these menu items B)

#92286 Moksha - An E17 Fork

Posted by Jeff on 28 April 2015 - 04:37 AM

I've put a repository up on GitHub this evening that will contain the changes/improvements we make to the existing E17 code base. You can find it here -> https://github.com/JeffHoogland/moksha

We can use this GitHub page to file/track bugs the current E17 base has so we can get this really tuned to perfection. This way we can have a central repository for all the changes/improvements we make to E17 as opposed to having them simply stored in series of patches that get applied to Enlightenment source code.


As for the name, Moksha, like Bodhi, is a Sanskrit word that means "emancipation or liberation". Seemed fitting since this will be taking more work onto ourselves to ensure we have a quality product as opposed to waiting for other people to fix our issues.


I will be introducing a "moksha" package into the Bodhi 3 repos shortly that will eventually replace the "e17" package we have now. The goal will be to have this be the default desktop for Bodhi as we work towards our 3.1.0 release at the end of the summer. 

#92002 Personal Bodhi ISO Image

Posted by Jeff on 14 April 2015 - 02:07 AM

So something I shared back during the 2.x days was a "family and friends" ISO image. Basically it was an ISO image that made my life easier when installing on computers for "real people". It contained a bunch of software I generally installed after the fact on new Bodhi systems for folks like my parents and wife.


Wanted to share a fresh ISO image I've created for 3.0.0 with a similar idea. You can find it here.


Default Desktop:



Default software:



This is not an official ISO image, thus why it is hosted on its own source forge page. Some notes about this ISO image:

  • Built on Bodhi 3.0.0 64bit
  • Uses the E17 desktop
  • Has ecomorph and some basic effects enabled by default - this means it runs a bit slow by default on virtual hardware, but is super snappy on anything with even a basic opengl graphics card

You will get a segfault when you first browse the applications menu on the live CD and on the installed system. Hit f1 and everything will be fine afterwards. Maybe I'll officially package the profile this uses, but until I find the effort to do that, hitting f1 isn't a big deal.


Quick FAQ

  • No I will not be making a similar ISO image for non-PAE or 32bit
  • No I will not make a custom ISO image for you with the software you want
  • Yes you can make your own custom spin by using the bodhibuilder tool that comes pre-installed in Bodhi by default


Like it. Hate it. Use it. Don't use it. Like I said I find this disc useful for personal usage and figured some others out there might find it a small time saver as well.



#91834 E17 vs E19 - Which are you using and why?

Posted by Jeff on 07 April 2015 - 11:42 AM

Which are the improvements that we are going to make to E17? I've though we just package E.

E17 is considered old, in my opinion, if there's no updates, no bugfixes and no features adds. Do you know if there's others E17 updates?


I am thinking of changing this. For the sake of improving the end user experience I am considering taking a more active role in the desktop we are maintaining (instead of just churning out what the E team releases) because of the quality of recent E releases. As for non-Bodhi people working on E17 - there was activity in the E17 git branch as little as 6 days ago -> https://git.enlighte...ightenment-0.17


As someone who has been filing E bugs for awhile now, I have become increasing frustrated with how many "won't fix" issues there are with E19. None of the E developers actually use E19 (they use git - which is VERY unstable these days) so they have little to no incentive to test or fix the release tarbals. I feel like if they Bodhi team is going to start making bug fixes to a desktop, the E17 core gives us a more reasonable start.

There aren't many bugs with E17 as is. If we started working with it I would want to start making small improvements like back porting the improved pulse mixer (or writing a better one) and ripping out things like the "useless dropshadow module that makes conflicts with the composite and similar stuffs". Starting with something stable like E17 could really allow us to focus on new features as opposed to chasing down new bugs every release.


The big difference between E18+ and E17 is that E18+ are fairly large rewrites that were churned out over the course of less than a year, while E17 was 10~ years in the making and time was taken to get things right as opposed to making release dates.


Part of the reason I took a break from Bodhi last year was that I became so increasingly frustrated dealing with E19 that I stopped using Enlightenment all together and picked up KDE as my daily desktop. Dealing with tickets the last month was driving me towards similar feelings again so I took a deep breath and reinstalled E17. After doing this all thoughts of KDE went away as E17 "just works" for me in such a nice way.

There isn't an ETA on E20 as far as I know. Which hopefully means it might be reasonable again. The only problem is that again the E team is spending all of their time on back end rewrites. When all the developer time goes into backend features and no time is spent on end user features - it feels like there is no progress made.

#106665 Excessive CPU useage by menu_cached process

Posted by ylee on 13 September 2017 - 10:33 PM

I am tentatively proclaiming that with his latest commits Andriy (LStranger) has fixed this issue. Menu-cache is now patched to address the issue we were having using pcmanfm and this library and efl 1.19.1. I have not tested any latter versions of EFL(or enlightenment) but do not anticipate any issues. Give it a few days for the LXDE-dev PPA to add the new deb files and either Jeff or I can put them in Bodhis repo.


Thanks all for the patience all have shown in this issue.

#106371 Theme fixing

Posted by The waiter on 27 August 2017 - 07:02 PM

Hello guys


Another theme work has been done. I considered to be annoying the slider widget button did not move and change its value if I clicked before or behind it (under or above the button in the vertical slider). I needed to focus my mouse to grab the button, hold and release on the changed position. I believe you understand me :)


This fix (beside the battery text value fix) has been applied to Moonlight, Sunshine and Detorious themes.


Enjoy in the upcoming packages (Jeff ?!)




PS: This trivial fix took me "just" 8 hours. Damn, I can't remember when I was so upset with the theme work. Now enjoying my headache ;)

#104665 Bodhi Linux 4.2.0 Relased

Posted by sef on 01 June 2017 - 04:48 PM

Bodhi 3.x will be supported until 2019.

Bodhi 4.x will be supported until 2021.


Bodhi 5.x will come out some time after April 2018 and will be supported until 2023.


Do what you will, but you could wait until 5.x comes out to upgrade / reinstall if you don't want to mess around with OS re-configurations.


( ps. I'm not trying to discourage anyone from installing Bodhi 4.x !!! Just laying out the info here. )   :)

#102710 1 year plus

Posted by graywizardlinux on 14 January 2017 - 06:38 PM

meant to post this a few weeks ago.  just way too busy.  as of 12/24/16 it has ben 1 year (now plus) using only linux with no mac to fall back on and more specifically Bodhi.  It has been a sweet experience; just wish i did not have such a bad crazy year so as to learn more about a couple of apps and to try to figure another 1 or 2 that i needed for various uses.


Intentions were good but time was limited for experimentation and growth.


anyway - that is the name of that tune.



#106699 Excessive CPU useage by menu_cached process

Posted by Randy on 16 September 2017 - 11:03 AM

I have added the hopeful last set of potential fixes from upstream into the repo. Please let us know if this fixes the menu-cache issue reported here. It should in theory and it does for me locally on my test machines.


Just run your system updates as normal to install them. Or if you would prefer not to update your entire system the below should suffice:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install libmenu-cache3 libmenu-cache-bin

 If these  packages cause any additional issues NOT related to the menu-cache issue please open a new support thread. Thanks for your time and patience.

Thanks Randy  :D But really no need to thanks me. It is all in days work or in this case almost a weeks work. And really the true thanks goes to Andriy who had an interest and motivation to fix an LXDE library which worked fine in LXDE to accommodate changes in EFL and who quickly knew how to modify the menu-cache code based up the errors showing up in my debugging sessions. It would have taken me days if not weeks to get to that level of competency  with that code base. 



Regardless I have always contributed back to Open-source as long as I have been using it. This predates my usage of Bodhi. It is just I am really visible here and Bodhi members of course notice.


Thank Andrly also.
But if not for you getting on this issue, and finding the right LXDE dev, and working with him, this may never have been solved. 
It just speaks volumes about the devs, involved with Bodhi. From the Waiter's constant updating of themes and modules, to Jeff's vision, and work with keeping the distro upgraded, and Charles constant help solving issues, along with all the other quality help from others (sef and who knows, who all else) it made Moksha very possible. And as a user, I know I appreciate it!  This is one outstanding Distro!
And since LXDE is my second favorite desktop, It's win win for me!!

#106562 Excessive CPU useage by menu_cached process

Posted by ylee on 04 September 2017 - 09:58 PM

I have more closely examined this issue and I can now reliably duplicate it. And have a number of observations and a semi-functional hack to address this issue.
First a few clarifications:


Not sure this is a Bodhi problem. It happens in PCManFM and that in turn uses an LXDE version for menu-cache. And lubuntu seems to have the same issue though some say there is a working patch, I did not find it.

The patch you couldn't find was committed: Merge pull request #12 from mtasaka/localwork

Yeah, I had read that topic about issue#7. That solution should have been integrated in the packages we have in Bodhi, but it was not.

Downloading the source code used to make ubuntu's deb files, this patch is present in version 1.0.2-1. So it is present on Bodhi's version of this library. Regardless I compiled the git version of this library on Bodhi and using it the issue remains, it also remains if I update pcmanfm and the libfm stuff to the latest versions. 


But it works on the lubuntu desktop
I have a lubuntu 16.04 virtual machine I use  for testing purposes, compiling code and so on. On this VM I have several DEs installed, and snapshots with moksha and several versison of e compiled. Using LXDE on this VM , pcmanfm works fine with no menu-cache issue at all. Logging out and logging into Moksha or enlightenment any version and we have the menu-cache issue with pcmanfm. I am unsure why the command /usr/lib/menu-cache/menu-cached works if called in a terminal but seemingly doesn't work (hangs as above) if called by a gui-process like pcmanfm in enlightenment. 
I am unsure why so I can't say for sure this is an issue with the LXDE library or another weirdness with enlightenment. I have not attempted to debug it and am reluctant to do so.


My ugly kludge fix at the moment is to run /usr/bin/killall menu-cached from the root crontab every 5 minutes :wacko:

:lol:  :lol:  :lol:  :lol:


That is indeed rather ugly ....


Not that my attempt to 'fix'  is much better but here goes:


Download my file, mc_hack.sh make it executable and run it as a regular user in a terminal.  Do not run it as root!! 


This script downloads a desktop file from my drop box and installs it. Read it if you understand stuff like that. Also note earlier today I was having issues with dropboxs server timing out so I am hoping that is no longer the case. 


It adds a 'program' to Bodhis menu, menu-cache and adds this program to both startup and restart apps in mokshas settings. (it also should work on any version of enlightenment >= 17)


In my testing it usually worked but failed sometimes. In this case you may have to kill menu-cached and then rerun the menu-cache program from the menu. In cases where it fails it probably failed because i started pcmanfm 'too soon' after booting or in I clicked on "Applications" in pcmanfms left panel FIRST. It is best to not do either.


This is not a proper fix but I am hoping it will suffice for those facing this issue until we can address this issue. If this issue is unresolved Bodhi may have to move away from using pcmanfm as a file manager and move to another fm.  That would be regrettable but linux offers plenty of file managers. 


Use at your own risk!!

#106140 Watching HD videos on the slow PC

Posted by The waiter on 16 August 2017 - 02:27 PM

Hello guys


Nothing special, just wanna share my experience from holiday with my old Lenovo S12 based on very exotic VIA HW and slow speccy. 

I took this NTB because if sb stole it, I would just smile and say "I don't care". Anyway, I took it for my kids to watch some movies. The problem was, some of the movies were in HD quality thus very bad performance. I started look up with google and here is the result with my favorite smplayer.




After these settings, the performance was great, no sound synchro issues, video tearing etc.


Maybe this info will help sb of you...