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#106886 Bodhi 4.3.1 legacy - guest account auto login does not work

Posted by sef on 12 October 2017 - 04:33 PM

You can disable the X server screensaver in a terminal like this

xset s off

If you do `xset q`, and you see in the Screen Saver section 'timeout: 0', then your X server screensaver is already disabled and that's not the issue.



You can disable the Moksha in-built screensaver by going to the GUI Settings Panel --> Screen --> Blanking. Then in the box de-select the 'Enable screen blanking'.

Alternatively you could possibly disable locking (but keep screen blanking) by going to Settings Panel --> Screen --> Screen Lock. Then de-select 'Lock on Startup', 'Lock on Suspend', 'Lock after X screensaver activates' & 'Lock when idle time exceeded'.

(I'm not sure how to perform the Moksha Screensaver actions from the terminal)



Welcome to the forums!

#106737 Total NOOB running into a roadblock

Posted by sef on 21 September 2017 - 06:53 PM


I know you mentioned that the BIOS can't boot to USB, but does it even have the CHOICE to attempt to boot a USB on your laptop?

Because if your BIOS is new enough to have that option, GWL's first post would definitely be the easiest way. If your BIOS doesn't even have the choice, we'll have to go about it a different way. Something like what you & birdmun are saying about hooking up your old HDD to your new PC.


FYI --

There are likely to be hardware driver issues with an old laptop, especially the wifi. Without wifi, these driver issues can be a bear to tackle sometimes.

It might be easier to install virtualbox onto your new PC and then install Bodhi onto a virtual machine there. You will have internet access, and can still play around and learn Linux to your hearts content without actually dual booting your new pc. (just my 2 cents)

#106578 Bodhi 4.3.1 Released

Posted by sef on 07 September 2017 - 10:52 AM

@Jayan Tashi

Yes, these transitional periods are definitely a headache. But the UEFI (GPT disk partitioning actually) is really a necessary thing. One of the problems is that there is no set standard for UEFI and the motherboard manufacturers kind of make it in a way that suits their needs usually. I understand your headache with administration, especially if you have many PC's to care for.


But Bodhi is fully capable of UEFI install and dual booting with Windows 8/10. Most people have problems with UEFI installs based on the way they create their USB bootable media. If you use "dd if=/path/to/bodhi.iso of=/dev/sdX" (where sdX is the path to your USB drive) to create your bootable USB, then when you boot up to that USB in UEFI mode you will be able to do an UEFI install. But you must be sure to select the "UEFI: usb manufacturer" selection when you boot up the USB stick. Even the boot screen will say either "UEFI Boot Bodhi Linux Live Disc" or "Legacy/BIOS boot the Live System" so that you know which mode you have booted into.


I have just looked at our 'Installation Instructions' page and it still has Unetbootin as the way to create the live USB, but I can confirm that this is not the way to create the bootable media if you want to do an UEFI install. You must use the "dd if=/path/to/bodhi.iso of=/dev/sdX" method I mentioned above. There is also a windows tool called Rufus that does a great job of creating a UEFI & BIOS bootable USB. If you have any other concerns please don't hesitate to post. But I now see that the burden is on us to correct our Installation Instructions page to make it UEFI friendly, unfortunately I hadn't visited that page in quite a while so I was oblivious.




#106326 All sorts of newbie questions

Posted by sef on 24 August 2017 - 03:27 PM

You can try the program gufw, it is a graphical front-end for ufw. You can install it by

sudo apt-get install gufw

Is that more or less what you're looking for?

#106164 Distrowatch search for netbooks category not showing Bodhi in list of suitabl...

Posted by sef on 17 August 2017 - 07:09 PM

How was it fixed?

I emailed Jesse Smith on the contact page asking him to add Netbooks as a category for us. He got back to me in 1 hour saying he would change it, and voila, there it is!  :)

#106160 Distrowatch search for netbooks category not showing Bodhi in list of suitabl...

Posted by sef on 17 August 2017 - 02:07 PM

Fixed, now included in netbook searches

#106042 CPU gets stuck?

Posted by sef on 09 August 2017 - 08:55 PM



According to this bug page, this issue is supposed to have been resolved in version 1.0.2 --


If you read about the bug on that page, you will gain a little understanding as to what the libmenu-cache* does. Too much info to post it all here.


I'll keep digging and see if I can find anything else.

#106016 Ejecting media

Posted by sef on 09 August 2017 - 01:11 AM

You might want to try Charles' suggestion in this other Bodhi forum post.

#106003 CPU gets stuck?

Posted by sef on 08 August 2017 - 07:13 PM

(This may or may not be relevant to your situation)

I have an nvidia graphics card on my laptop and seemingly randomly I would get that same situation. If I remember right I think it was Xorg maxing out the CPU. When I installed the proprietary drivers for my graphics card that fixed the issue.

As a note, I had the issue on Bodhi 4.x, but not 3.x on that laptop.

#105940 Etcher

Posted by sef on 04 August 2017 - 10:39 AM

(my 2 cents alert)


Are there some advantages I don't know over the plain 'dd' ?



I currently use dd to create USB's, but speaking for myself when I was not overly comfortable with the command line, I liked having a GUI there to do the work. I think mostly because I didn't understand what some of the commands were. And this is no knock on people who use GUI's, I still use GUI's over command line on a lot of things simply because I choose to. I think maybe some GUI's are more user-friendly & reliable than others.


I really like Rufus and it's FOSS. If someone had the time to port it over to Linux, I think that would be fantastic.


I ran in to issues burning the 4.2 iso to a flash drive with ... dd ...



I had trouble once using dd to put an ISO onto a USB and it ended up being the partition table on the USB that was messed up. For some reason dd wasn't over-writing it correctly. So I used Gparted to delete all partitions and reformat several times alternately as FAT32 & ext4 and the USB started working with dd again. Not completely sure why... But when it was messed up Gparted, parted & fdisk were showing 1Gb total capacity on a 16Gb USB stick. Once I got it straightened out it was showing 16Gb again and has been working for me since. (knocks on wood)

#105920 Moksha raspberry pi

Posted by sef on 03 August 2017 - 10:55 AM

I have a colleague that is working on a raspberry pi project. He loves the speed and light footprint of Moksha and would like to use it in his project.


Has anyone compiled Moksha for the raspberry pi 3 (arm) to install onto raspbian or ubuntu?

#105917 Etcher

Posted by sef on 03 August 2017 - 10:36 AM

When you format it, do you use GPT or MBR partitioning scheme?

If you're trying to install to a UEFI machine, you will have to have GPT partitioning. But if your machine is Legacy/BIOS you will need MBR partitioning. The difference is how the partition table is layed out. MBR partitioning puts the table at the very front of the disk, while GPT puts it at the first logical block of the device. If you're booting into a UEFI machine it is trying to look at the first logical block to see your partition layout.


This describes it pretty well


#105808 User profile and computer name

Posted by sef on 28 July 2017 - 10:47 AM

Hi Michel,

We are a very small team that also has jobs to do besides volunteer at Bodhi. We love working on software, but also have to pay the bills and spend time with loved-ones as well.


I believe you could install 'gnome-control-center' or 'unity-control-center' to do what you want, but it will probably also pull in a bunch of other packages if you're ok with that. If you want to install them with a little less bloat you could try one of these commands --

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends gnome-control-center

--> on a test run says it will pull in 38.9MB of extra packages.

sudo apt-get install --no-install-recommends unity-control-center

--> on a test run says it will pull in 30.4 MB of extra packages.


Disclaimer -- I don't have either of these packages installed because I prefer the command line, so if you need any instruction on how to use these GUI's I'd have to refer you to someone else or maybe you can find something on google. In fact, I can't even be 100% sure how well they'll work in Bodhi, but they *should*. Almost anything that works in Ubuntu will work in Bodhi.

#105771 Bodhi keeps on freezing

Posted by sef on 23 July 2017 - 12:03 AM

Ok, glad to hear that you got it sorted. Let us know if anything else comes up.


Welcome to the forums!

#105744 did eepdater now suspend does not work and other grayed out

Posted by sef on 21 July 2017 - 11:06 AM

I asked sef last night but so far he has been sleeping and busy... 


Yeah, when I got home from work last night I had to do yard work then went out fishing. Had to get my eyes off the computer screen for a while... Caught only 1 fish, but as they say 'a bad day fishing is still a pretty good day.'  :)


------- For those who may like to know, I posted this in reply to the message Norman sent me last night --------



In a terminal this command

sudo apt-get update

will go onto the internet and find out about any updates that are available for the software on your system. It doesn't actually update the software, it just finds out about updates.



Then this command

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

will actually download the new updates and install them all at once.



I'm not completely sure what eepdater is doing since I have never used it. I just kind of stick to the command line with updates, and I think that's what most people do. Make sure you have closed eepdater, and give those two commands a try. If you run those regularly, your system will always be up to date with the latest updates. Also, using this method will let you interact with the terminal if it asks you any questions like, "do you want to keep the current version?"   :)