'Hi' and booting Bodhi on a 64bit tablet with 32bit EFI Dec 29, 2020 0:31:35 GMT enigma9o7 likes this
Post by snowy on Dec 29, 2020 0:31:35 GMT
I just wanted to share my amazement with Bodhi Linux. I have an 8 inch intel tablet with 1GB RAM. I searched all over for a distro that was awesome and light on memory that was running the Ubuntu kernel. I needed the Ubuntu kernel because other distros couldn't get the bluetooth working without knowledge beyond my abilities. The best I got was Ubuntu with openbox but that still used over 300MB running nothing but openbox. 1GB of RAM limits how much the DE can use if you want to do other things on the tablet.
So I nearly lost my mind when I discovered Bodhi. Observing memory usage I realised that it was at times running the entire desktop using 150MB. But it averaged at 250MB with only a terminal and TOP running.
I struggled to get Ubuntu running like that so I knew I found the right distro for my tablet. Though I couldn't boot Bodhi on my tablet because the tablet needed a 32bit EFI to boot a 64bit OS. BUT with some mucking about I did it.
I used the idea from:
The site owner claims to have created a script to respin an 64bit Ubuntu/ Ubuntu Flavour with 32bit boot functionality. Unfortunately it doesn't work for Bodhi Linux. However I did respin Ubuntu 18.04 and then inject the 32bit EFI files into a Bodhi 5.1.0 ISO file with ISOMASTER.
I really just wanted to share that in case other might find themselves in a similar situation. I paid less than $60 US for the tablet so I am wrapped to have linux on it. I am tweaking Bodhi to work better on it. Like inserting an auto rotation script. It plays SupertuxKart, it plugs into HDMI, I've installed Kodi and connected it to my Wiimotes. 'Onboard' makes a great virtual keyboard. I'm looking into a launcher like LXlauncher or 'Pather launcher/ Slingshot'. Touch input is only recognised as Mouse so that needs working.
So well done on such a feature rich, functional and light weight distro. I may have more questions to help get it perfect on my tablet but for now thank you.