Hello Dears, I was looking for a light distribution for an acer eeepc 1000-h and tested once Bodhilinux3. Unfortunately, i was not able to run it properly. Last summer, I searched again and i tested and installed BL5 on the netbook. This PC was definitely coming back to life. I was surprised by all the features: they did not make the system heavy. After having installed BL5 on my main 64 bit machine Bodhi Linux became my favorite distribution. The kind reception on the forum, the quality of wiki contents and the BL6 pre-alpha version confirmed my choice.
Hi all, how I got into Bodhi? I worked briefly in an educational establishment which ran Linux (Ubuntu I think) as its main o/s, my first contact with such an esoteric concept, in 2009. I was impressed. I was running Win 7 on two oldish pcs at home, tried a couple of distros, stuck with pclinuxos for a couple of years but disliked their habit of chucking betas at users without warning (at least that was my experience). Moved through a few other distros to land on mint, my daily runaround; was given an ancient and wheezing laptop, shopped around for a light distro, and voila. So impressed that when I was given an almost new Asus notebook which I required for very few, light tasks (no office, very little audio-vis, occasional doing the crosswords on the web) it seemed ideal, as I was able to dual boot with the preinstalled Win10 (which I almost never use). Thanks to the help on this forum, I will stick with it for a long while, I hope.
I'm a relatively late in life convert to linux. I started my pc adventures with dos, then os/2, then win9x/winxp/win8/win10. Always thought linux was cool but not for me because I wanted to use the same software as everyone else, be able to find solutions to problems the same as everyone else, etc. I had basic familiarity cuz I had a rooomate (in 1994!) who ran slackware (at the time I was running OS/2 2.1 on a $5000-in-parts 486!), and I started my internet adventures on dial-up shell accounts, so have been familiar with basic shell commands forever, although I think it was tcsh not bash back then...
Fast Forward ~15 years, have a couple young kids getting old enough they want to use a computer, and I know I've got that old pentium 4 512mb that I hadn't done anything with yet since I took it home from work when they were scrapping it due to obsolescence. It It had XP Pro all setup for active domain login & group policy control, so I wiped and tried clean XP SP3. But software pretty limited, and only one browser even worked with modern sites, and it was so slow. So I tried some micro-xp type distros people shared online here and there and was able to setup a minimal xp that was barely usable. But too slow/frustrating to make my 3 year olds use.
Start researching light linux distros that work with modern software and trying them, end up partitioning 40GB drive into three partitions, so I could compare multiple distros at once. Spent a week or two trying puppylinux, lubuntu, and a couple others that weren't worth remembering until I found Bodhi, and stuck with it. I still have those same three partitions today, one still has that minimal xp that I can't even remember the last time was booted, the original bodhi 4.5 legacy has since been replaced with 5.0 and upgraded to 5.1, and for the past couple weeks I've been playing with debian bullseye w/moksha (formerly slitaz) on my third partition.
PART 2 OF 2 (I already wrote how I found bodhi, but now I'm in a share-the-story-mode so wanna continue sharing how bodhi spread...).
Fast Forward 6 months and kids now sometimes fight over the one computer I setup for them. Over the years, I'd mainly used desktop PCs, and mainly upgraded pieceparts, so I had a collection of old working parts. One of them happened to be a case, cuz one of times I'd upgraded motherboards I needed a new power supply due to motherboard requirements and I decided to get a whole new case. (If I recall correctly it was cuz the case was the display model on a clearance sale at frys electronics and it included a power supply so was cheaper than just buying a power supply even online.) So, by going thru all my old parts, I was able to put together a working athlon 64 1.5gb 10gb with 17" CRT, serial mouse with a hard rubber ball, and an AT keyboard with a ps/2 adapter. Also has 3.5" floppy, 5.25" floppy, cdrom, cdrw, and dvdrom - not combined mind you; seperate drives! And 5.1 toslink output! And that became my second bodhi computer.
Far forward 6 more months, I'm using win10 on my primary computer, and familiar enough with linux after setting up and maintaining those old machines for my kids, I'm curious what it'd be like on my real PC. Dual boot with win10 for the next year, only really booting windows every coupe months to spend hours doing updates. 5.1 ISO comes out, I decide, it's time I know what I'm doing, replace hard drive with SSD and install Bodhi 5.1 clean as only OS. And haven't ever regretted it. The only slight concern I had was, what if I ever *have* to run a windows only application. I've now learned the magic of virtual machines, which eliminates that concern for me.
And now I'm familiar enough to try to help other people with bodhi setup and usage! And have gotten familiar with bash scripting, the basics of building other peoples code from source, and currently learning about making icon themes...