That is a good topic and I have no really good answer. Meanwhile the world of Linux has grown in a way that someone has a hard time to see what is going on. Perhaps this explains the distro hopper-syndrome. The people think they will miss something sensational if they will not try it. Not to forget that many people in the background work hard to make the public think just this. It is like fashion and clothes - some like blue pants with three pockets, others red ones, stone-washed and with two pockets. It is a matter of taste and taste questions are also irrational. Considering rankings and reviews I have the strong feeling that in many cases a high impact landing of fanboyism happened.
At a first glance new users might think that Bodhi requires some work (every distribution does!) and they are not willing to invest it. Ease of use is very important. That is why Gnome, great in making things simple, is very popular. Others love tons of features and customisability (KDE). I like it that Linux is multifaceted.
But it all comes down to just a few aspects, and in my point of view Bodhi is there, offering a great experience:
- What do I really need as a user for my specific hardware?
- Is the distro stable and reliable for a good daily workflow?
- Is the infrastructure good enough (security, software repos, lots of people using it and giving feedbacks)?
- Will the distro be maintained professionally for a long time and is it worth to learn its use?
First I would like to say that every Linux distribution deserves greatest recognition. A lot of smart people invest their skills, energy and leisure time in making a distro better - for free in most cases.
Ubuntu and Debian are working more or less together. A lot of maintainers work for both distributions (repos for example). Ubuntu's intention is to make Debian easier and more user-friendly (the sudo-command by default, update procedures, third party-integration and so on). People who like Debian do not like it that Ubuntu is making decisions for the user, as well as they do not like it that a company (Canonical) is in the background.
Debian promotes the tried and trusted software. Those who look for the latest and greatest do not like this approach, thinking that the latest and greatest always is also automatically the best (which is not true, considering all the bugs to be fixed with every new release).
I consider Ubuntu LTS base to be almost perfect. Tried and trusted and current.
2. Install Synaptic via Appcenter (use Midori!). Audacious is in the official repo (latest version 3.6 should work fine). I would not install any PPAs. If you can not withstand it, check the spelling to add a PPA. Important: run "sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras" to get lots of useful codecs. This is almost what Mint does via "Welcome"-screen.
3. Install a system-monitor via using click on Applications>System Tools> Bodhi Appcenter. Why? The installation is somehow fixed to Midori. I have had the same problems at the beginning.
4. Dim your screen: click on the Menue, Settings> Settings Panel > Screen > Backlight. Or add a Module to your panel:
Settings> Modules> Utilities> Backlight (click on "Load").
You will see, that your Lenovo gets one or even two extra hours of battery life, because Bodhi is so efficient (ram usage, CPU).
Do not forget: run via terminal "sudo ufw enable" to enable your firewall.
I have played a little bit with epad and elementary. Great work, congratulations. I have not noticed an issue. It is hard to believe that Bhodi is running on so little ressources but offers that much comfort and eye-catching effects. Really beautiful style.
The Lenovo 100/110 series is pretty cheap but trustworthy. I have two and both are running well with Bodhi. My office and text work is joyful. What I like is the little button to be pressed to get into the BIOS settings, where the USB drive is already listed if plugged in. Installation of Bodhi is easy then. Did you delete the OS (likely MS) or did you get your Lenovo without one?
Jeff - just burned the 4.1 version. last dvd i had. if i install the 4.1 it will update to 4.2 via eepdater yes?
I would like to help. Yes, install 4.1, update via eepdater and then run the following commands via terminal:
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install swami-control
You have to do this to get the swami-control-panel, which is new in the 4.2 release. After that everything is complete, instead of Kernel 4.10. This can be done via Synaptic, if you would like to test it.
"Reviews" like this are so awful. They lack depth and this one has the gall to close with:
No software is perfect, Bodhi included, but the reviewer doesn't mention hitting any issues and then closes with this blatantly false statement. Really annoying.
That hits the nail on the head. The final comment in the review ("still a lot of bugs") is not helpful at all. Just an empty phrase.
Anyway, in my point of view yet the opposite is the case. Less is better, in regard to software. Bodhi's minimalistic approach is right and the best advice to be given is: Achieve your goals on computers with a minimum amount of work, i.e. avoid bloated software or superfluous useless knickknack.
To be honest, I have had a problem with the installation at first, but meanwhile I suppose it was of my own doing. For some time past all my machines run without errors. Bodhi is a first class operating system. Please keep up the good work.
switch that off according to DOOMguy stop the freezing.
in my 4.1.0, for some reason the off switch is not permanent, I should manually off it in each login.
Whatever the reason might be, if "sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get -y dist-upgrade" (terminal) does not help, you might consider a fresh install (?).
I have to say that Moksha works excellent for me. And there is a pretty huge workload every day.
I like it that Bodhi is not bloated. Open the taskmanager and enjoy what could be seen there. Just a few tasks, low cpu usage. Excellent and unbeatable. I have tried many distros but this one offers proper feelings.