Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Ubuntu Edge will still be maufactured

"Canonical CEO, Jane Silber, told CNET that the company intends to issue a phone based on Ubuntu early next year. The first device apparently will not offer a complete experience of "Ubuntu convergence", it will primarily be just a mobile phone. However, Silber said she believes that the convergence is a way to go in the future, and can come in many forms." -Decrypted Tech

That's right Canonical is not giving up. They will scale back for now, accomplish what they can, and then continue until the project is more sustainable.

I have seen a lot of Ubuntu/Canonical bashing lately, but it's forward thinking like this that makes me a die hard Ubuntu fan.


Monday, August 12, 2013

Bodhi Linux, Highly Enlightened

I am always in search of a light footprint version of Linux, because I fix up older machines for use by those with little or no means.

Bodhi caught my eye for two reasons.

One being that it can run with very minimal resources.  The minimum requirements to run Bodhi Linux are only: 300+MHz CPU, 128MB RAM, and 2.5GB hard drive space. (From http://www.bodhilinux.com.)

The other reason is that Bodhi is based off of Ubuntu, and uses Ubuntu packages. This means there was no learning curve for me, and it also means Bodhi benefits from all that Ubuntu offers.

This is a big deal to me, since I have seen so many distro's that refuse outside sources and re-invent the wheel again and again and again.

Besides the light footprint and solid base thanks to Ubuntu, the distro is actually quite "pretty", for those of you who like a sharp looking desktop.

The fact that Bodhi can do all of this while still maintaining a very stable E17 Enlightenment desktop which functions exceptionally well and makes for doing tasks quickly and easily makes Bodhi a winner in my opinion.

Here's a look at some of the desktop configurations available:

After running Bodhi for an hour or so, I was very tempted to make Bodhi my native OS.

I still am contemplating switching over from Xubuntu.

I never thought I would find a distro I liked as much as Xubuntu.. it's tempting.