Bodhi Brings Enlightenment to Linux Desktop

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Fans of Enlightenment — the window manager, not the intellectual movement — have a treat to look forward to as Bodhi Linux, a new Ubuntu- and Enlightenment-based distribution, nears its first stable release. In anticipation, we gave Bodhi a spin. Here’s what we found.

Ubuntu is already available in a number of different flavors, from KDE-based Kubuntu to Xfce-oriented Xubuntu to Lubuntu, which runs LXDE. Conspicuously absent from this lineup of Ubuntu spinoffs, however, is a build based on Enlightenment, a window manager (or, perhaps more properly speaking in Bodhi’s case, a full-fledged desktop environment) designed to be lightweight, attractive and — in its most recent iteration — functional on an expansive range of hardware, from desktops to phones to e-paper.

The Bodhi project promises to help fill this gap in the Ubuntu family picture, and the open-source world more generally, by building a Linux distribution with an Ubuntu core and an Enlightenment frontend. As lead Bodhi developer Jeff Hoogland explained in an email:

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