Comment 2SE0 Re: Sense of foreboding for the distro


Jeff Hoogland announces he'll step down as leader of Bodhi Linux


Sense of foreboding for the distro (Score: 1)

by on 2014-09-14 22:37 (#2SDE)

From the user viewpoint this really sucks, though we can all understand Jeff's priorities.

Re: Sense of foreboding for the distro (Score: 1)

by on 2014-09-15 09:00 (#2SDQ)

There is potentially hope, but I dunno. Bodhi had a pretty lively and vigorous community, and the distro's goals were pretty narrow and focused - provide E17 (and maybe now E18?) on a Ubuntu base. That means a bit more than just compiling and packaging, but there's at least some hope a dedicated general would like to step up and become admiral, or equivalent.

Re: Sense of foreboding for the distro (Score: 1, Interesting)

by Anonymous Coward on 2014-09-15 11:38 (#2SDV)

So from an outsider's naive point of view, what's so special about Bodhi compared to say, Kubuntu? Or just using Wheezy/Jessie and installing E17? I mean, for it to work with no setup right out of the box is neat and all, but is that alone worth maintaining a whole separate distro?

Re: Sense of foreboding for the distro (Score: 4, Informative)

by on 2014-09-15 12:17 (#2SE0)

That's really two questions: (1) why is e17 more interesting/better than KDE as a desktop, and (2) why is it better to install Bodhi, which is an e17-focused distro than simply installing e17 on another distro?

With regard to the first question: different people like different desktops, so that's a tough question to take a position on without starting a flamewar. I find that e17 does everything KDE4 does but more prettily and by using fewer resources. It took a little while to figure out how e17 organizes its functionality (there are modules and shelves and gadgets and it's all slightly different). But once I figured it out, I liked it better.

As for the second question, the fact that Bodhi people spend all their time making e17 work well on Bodhi means that more care and attention have gone into the integration. E17 is available on opensuse, for example, but when I installed it I found it was not as well packaged, required a lot more effort to make useable, and in general wasn't as easy to use. That's no surprise - the opensuse people spend most of their time focusing on KDE4 and Gnome3, and e17 is of secondary importance to them.


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2014-09-15 16:59 Insightful +1
2014-09-16 03:12 Informative +1
2014-10-02 19:09 Informative +1

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