OK, I was able to download as pdf. Not very objective review. He criticizes the lack of main menu search box. The reviewer has no idea about quick launcher existence which is much more powerful than any other search boxes. He also gave us 3/10 related to SW extra tools. He knows we are the minimalistic distribution. He should compare app pack version then.
Ahhh, still the same story. Some people simply do not understand our philosophy and compare incomparable. Sure, it is nice to see our distro in such a magazine. Actually we placed on the lowest positions in all sections which could lead the readers to the conclusion bodhi is bad in all aspects. What about memory consumpsion chart? Boot time chart? The overall performance chart? Nothing? OK then, very nice review, lol
They will send you the pdf and permission to publish it here if you email them and tell them you’re a member of the community. I’m often in touch with them. I was unaware of this though so I will email them to tell them they completely missed the whole Bodhi ethos and features such as quick launcher…again! I’m sure I mentioned it last time. Are we on the cover disc again? Perhaps their readers will be more thorough in their investigation. Also have they worked out they can change the theme yet? Most reviewers get stuck on the theme being green and that’s as far as they get and so spend most of their time talking about that and completely missing what Bodhi actually is. lmao
All publicity is good publicity though. And the fact they mention us every six months or so is a compliment in its self and goes to show we’re note worthy and worth keeping an eye on.
Thanks for reviewing Bodhi again in your most recent issue. We’re always humbled and excited when we get a mention in your magazine, however a few of our community members and our small team feel you have missed a few quite important things that make Bodhi what it is. The tiny footprint and lightweight philosophy, as well as the the quick launcher (ctrl+esc) are just a few of the main ones.
We hope that when you next look at desktop environments or compare distros that you will also take into account that we are pretty unique in that we use EFL and not KDE or GDM and have used this to develop Moksha DE. In doing this we are able to ensure superb performance on older hardware without compromising on delivering a modern look as well as fancy bling, animation and compositing for those that like that kind of thing. To look at Moksha you would never know that it can run on less than 1gig of RAM and still perform and look as good as the bulkiest and resource hungry DEs which require a significant amount more. We feel this is an often overlooked USP which benefits people who might not be able to afford the newest kit, and also allows schools, organisations and individuals in poorer countries to use and own computers that nothing else will run on, and without which they wouldn’t have access to tech or the internet. In todays world which is all about sustainability and with the ever widening gap between rich and poor, we sometimes wonder how this gets missed.
We sometimes feel aggrieved that people (reviewers) completely overlook these things when comparing us to other distros, and these things are what Bodhi is all about. Another bug bear is that reviewers tend to get sidetracked with the default theme, which is green. This can be changed! So many reviewers spend way too much time discussing this rather superficial aspect of our distro and don’t even notice the core of what we’re about and how we achieve it.
Thanks again for continuing to review Bodhi periodically in your magazine and helping to spread the word. Having said the above we really do appreciate being included, and hope you will consider and mention these things in the future.
Edit - also, I noticed in the logos image in the article, our logo is centre. Kind of makes up a little for scoring low.
Being in the list is very important. Elementary os was just mentioned. Which is another distro without bloat of apps and according to many perhaps the most beautiful de. I am used to listening to people not understanding what bodhi tries to do. Ie something i often hear is: there is not a lightweight distro without compromising something. Only gnome kde are full de that as a consequence are more resources hungry. But they own current machines with for instance 8 cores 32 gb of ram. So bodhi usp is not important to them. I have seen in the net comments ie for E that are very aggressive. If the average linux format user is like me will find in the article reasons to give bodhi a try. The lack of software to give an example. Again in my opinion users hearing and knowing of bodhi's existence is only good. It is my personality that always sees the positive side of things. See the result 7 out of 10 same with other distros. So we are not last. Besides popos is backed by a company behind it. 2 devs here. I would be upset if everyone ignores our existence.
"by looking only on the surface". This is true and very common. I do not think this is easy to change soon. Proof of that is the majority of voters just behave - vote "by looking only on the surface". This is why we should be very kind to each other. Choosing bodhi for sure means something about how one thinks... This holds true also for other distros that help us ie not urging to buy a new laptop or escuelas linux which serves educational institutions etc
Bodhi has also something which is hard to measure. The community. Fair, friendly and helpful community. I have read many times about us in some articles and people really highlight our friendliness. It is something I never heard related to Arch linux community...
I have seen support here from thewaiter which tends to be abuse of dev time and kindness, will to help. I believe users should contribute with bug reports, suggestions. If one wants to change the look of moksha should try with reading all documentation. After having tried for days one should then and only then ask in here: i tried to do this and i am in a dead end. Eventhough with all these themes perhaps one should be happy with what alternatives bodhi offers.