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#107716 New to Linux, installing on MacBook

Posted by cooler on 01 January 2018 - 09:42 AM

Welcome to Bodhi Linux.

You could try the installation straightforward on your X31- an excellent laptop (I've owned one or two of them) - but you need the legacy version of Bodhi. Once you've seen what's all about you could try to upgrade your Mac.

As a slight coincidence I've also started using Linux because of a Thinkpad X (I don't remember if it was a X22 or X31). At that time Ubuntu just changed their kernel and the non-PAE machines were no longer supported and that's how I found out about Bodhi from some post in a forum.

Good luck!

#103012 Do we need a "normal" 32bit release?

Posted by cooler on 31 January 2017 - 09:53 PM

My thoughts on the matter: I think you should keep the 32 bit Jeff... lately most distros are considering dropping support for 32 bit.. don't follow "the herd".

Also as pointed out by others 64 bit consumes more memory for same results so is less efficient. As I've seen Bodhi strives for efficiency and speed I think the the 32-bit would suit the formula well.

Given the choice I would choose 32 bit over 64; there are many up to 2 Gb PCs and laptops that have modern components. I don't think it would be good to limit them to an old kernel.

I'm writing this post from an 64 bit Linux version; I've only installed the 64 bit version because Darktable keeps pestering me about 32 bit possible problems on each run.

If possible I think you should merge the 32 bit and legacy onto the same ISO with 2 kernels; upon install depending on CPU possibilities and memory available the best suited kernel should be installed.

Thank you for your wonderful work. I've really enjoyed my time with Bodhi 2.1-2.4.

#102604 Choppy youtube videos

Posted by cooler on 08 January 2017 - 09:57 PM


I've also own a Latitude D600 a long time ago. I'd say that the videos are choppy because nowadays online content requires some CPU work that your old Pentium M is not able to provide. Apart from choosing the lowest resolutions on youtube there's nothing you can do; you could try to download the videos and then play them offline.. that would help a litle.

Good luck!

#93303 Default File Manager for Bodhi 3.1.0

Posted by cooler on 23 July 2015 - 08:19 PM

I would like you to include Double Commander in your options; it's more than a file manager and it's much-much better than most of Windows Explorer clones which I hate. It also has few dependencies and maybe its creator would be very helpful with modifications/requirements (I don't know him). Besides it uses not much RAM and is efficient, not to mention Moksha would be unique from this point of view.. I don't think there is any distro using it by default. Regardless of your option in File manager that is what I'm going to use anyway, but it would be nice if it would be included as default. EFM was really bad in my opinion and I very rarely used it.

Best regards.

#82920 Anyway to install cinnamon or XFCE?

Posted by cooler on 29 May 2014 - 12:49 PM

Marok if you're not using Enlightenment you're missing the point of using Bodhi.

#71252 problems after enlightment packages update

Posted by cooler on 23 April 2013 - 04:21 AM

Can those having issues please tell me the *exact* commands you are running to replicate these issues? I'll be doing some clean installs in VMs this evening to see if I can mimic the issues you folks are describing.

As has been mentioned - these packages have been sitting in testing for weeks without issues.


Hello. Thank you for your support and congratulations for the beautiful wife. The laptop runs fine now.. I never had any error anymore, so this is very strange. The error occured when scrolling the menu.. it was not at a certain position. I used 2.2.0 updated but the PAE version; now I'm on the non-PAE 2.3.0. On 2.2.0 after update there were a lot of errors; the thing is the "theme" appeared different then it was before (for example there was a red heart on favorites, and there were others icons different). Now on 2.3.0 the icons are the same as I remeber them; I have no idea what happened, sorry. Will also update my other laptop running 2.3.0 64 bit and let you know.
Thank you!

#70296 My view

Posted by cooler on 05 April 2013 - 07:48 PM

Hello everyone!
This is my first post here, so I'll introduce myself: my name is Ciprian and I live in Alba Iulia, Romania. I'm 34 years old and I've been using computers since 1991; in high school I've attended the informatics "profile". I've used MS OSes from Dos 5.0 to Windows 7 and briefly some Linux distros. I didn't used NT, 2000 and Vista because I didn't like any of them (I believe Vista is one of the worst failures of this century). What I liked most from MS OSes was Win98SE which had some bloat onboard, but most of that could be removed using WinLite and adding the unofficial service packs Gape made it was quite an ok system as long as you didn't have a lot of hardware on it. What I liked about it was that I could have 100% control over it by booting in Dos and erasing problematic files or editing others. Anyway.. I didn't like at all the direction or philosophy of Microsoft which after each iteration of OS after Win98SE got worse so I kinda had enough of their crap.
My first contact with Linux was in high-school (~1996) where I had an email account on our server that was running some Linux distro (I think it was Slackware) so I used some commands in pine and then bash so also my first contact with internet was trough Linux. Then later on during first years of University I tried together with a friend to install a Redhat (I think it was 4.0) on one of my PCs. At the end of the install which took a lot of time we were greeted with a kernel panic and that was it: total failure, very depressing. I had a stranger PC config then, one of my very few Intel PCs, but it should have at least worked. Many years later (during my phD) I've briefly used some Mandriva and then DSL as a live CD. Then I installed Ubuntu which was quite ok (8.04 ?!).. that one I used a bit. Later I tried Archlinux which I liked most not only because of its KISS philosophy (it's actually not that simple :) ) but because of the importance put on efficiency. I installed Arch with LXDE on a Compaq Evo N200 (P3 700 with 192 Ram) and it worked surprisingly well. Of course launching Firefox or Open Office was kinda slow mostly because of the slow Hdd. Fast forward to recent days I've installed last year Dream Studio and quite liked it, except that it was a TOTAL package (almost everything video and audio) so instead of removing most of its software I thought about trying its distro which it was based on (Ubuntu 12.04). I installed it and used it for a while on 2 laptops after getting the good parts from Dream Studio; then I also installed the next version of Dream Studio on another laptop and for a short while Ubuntu 12.10. I liked the Unity interface but disliked its lack of efficiency/optimizations and funny crashes. So this is how I got to Bodhi 2.1.0. I've researched a little on the current WMs and decided to give a try to Enlightment, and since Bodhi was based on Ubuntu and featured Enlightment I downloaded it and installed it on the laptop I'm using now to write this "story".
So in high-school I was a programmer (well a junior one) but then I got more interested in hardware. During University I was assembling/selling PCs and parts as a hobby (mostly to protect myself from degrading value of hardware over time) so I built a lot of Pcs which, with a few exceptions, were AMDs; btw my first PC bought in 1996 by my father for me was an AMD (5x86). Later during my phD I got interested in laptops because of my mobile life; I had A LOT of laptops passing trough my hands; I've repaired some, upgraded others, exchanged various parts, etc. I still have 7 laptops now 2 of which run Bodhi 2.3.0 (one 32 bit the other 64 bit).
Ok now to my actual view on Bodhi: Bodhi is a nice OS with a nice interface. Congrats and respects to Jeff and the others who put effort in making Bodhi a reality. My respects for Jeff because of his achievements in many fields; I'm a loser by comparison. :) The Enlightment is really nice, good looking and quite efficient. The exception to the greatness is EFM which kind of sucks most of the time. I haven't used LXDE for some time but I kind of doubt it could be worse. Anyway I use Double Commander instead of these explorers (I also use Total Commander under Win) which is FAR superior from any point of view. Using more the keyboard and enjoying the efficiency that the initial Norton Commander had in my DOS days is the way to go for me.
I appreciate speed and efficiency, which are things the old programmers of late 80s and 90s were having as main goals; squeezing every bit of performance from the not-so-powerful hardware was the only option; nowadays some software is appalling from this perspective. Windows is like an obese person.. its health is getting worse by each day and it'll finish by dying because of it. Under Windows I use almost only free software and most of it are Linux-based ports. I also don't install many programs so that I have a snappier system.
I see very little reason for the 32bit PAE version of Bodhi Linux. Honestly I think you should drop it. I doubt anyone with more than 4 Gb ram is using a non-64 bit CPU, and with a few exceptions I see very little need for so much Ram on such an efficient OS. I usually use 2 GB of Ram on my recent laptops and I never managed to "fill it up". Actually on XP installs the first thing I do is disable the swap file if the laptop has at least 2 Gb of Ram; that is what I intend to do on my next Bodhi install; I hope it is possible not to have a swap.
Another gripe I have with Bodhi/Enlightment is about the USB removable devices. Most of the time I cannot safely eject them; I don't know if that is because of the kernel or the Enlightment but it's quite annoying. On the same subject I would like to propose that when inserted a USB removable device instead of creating a desktop icon to also do a mounting in the media directory; that way I could use Double Commander without having to access the usb device with EFM first.
Sorry about the long post. I hope it wasn't very boring.