4 things to do after installing Bodhi Linux

As you can guess from my Bodhi Linux review article, I've been testing and playing with Bodhi Linux for a few fays. And all I can say is that Bodhi Linux is giving me a very special experience, the more I mess around, the more I love Bodhi. Because Bodhi Linux comes with the philosophy of "user choice", users of Bodhi are supposed to do a lot of things to make their Bodhi system work as they expect and each user will have a distinctive route to make his Bodhi box a totally unique system. However there are still 4 important things that everybody should do after installing Bodhi Linux to get their experience with Bodhi to the fullest.

things to do after installing Bodhi Linux

 1 - Update the system

 This is a mandatory step whenever you install a new linux distro. And since Bodhi Linux is a very minimalistic distro, there would be not much for you to update after a fresh install. However, before updating the system, you need to find the fastest downloading mirrors first. To do so, you just need to left click on the desktop to open the Enlightenment menu, choose Preferences then Software Sources. After you click on the Software Sources option, a window will appear to ask you for the password. Enter the password and the Software Source window will open. On this window, you will see the "Download From" tab, click on this tab and choose the "Other". You will then be presented to the window to pick the best downloading servers.

4 things to do after installing Bodhi
4 things to do after installing Bodhi

 The server speed test will take about a minute to finish. After you find the best download server, to update the system, you just need to open LXterminal ( you can either click on the terminal icon or go to Menu > Applications > Accessories > LXterminal) and run the following command. The updating process will run very fast since Bodhi is very lightweight and you already use the fastest server.
 sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get dist-upgrade  

2 - Install other applications

Bodhi Linux comes with very few applications preinstalled so users are supposed to install many other applications. In Bodhi, you have at least three easy ways to install applications. The first place you can look for applications is the AppCenter of Bodhi. Just click on the Menu, choose "Bodhi Linux " then "Add Software" and the browser Midori will open the AppCenter page of Bodhi. On that page, you can browse around the categories and pick your favorite softwares. You will also find the popular codec packages and browser plugins in the AppCenter.

bodhi linux to do things after installing

However, you may find some favorite applications of yours arent listed in the AppCenter of Bodhi. Just dont worry, you can open the Synaptic Package Manager ( Menu > Application > Preferences > Synaptic Package Manager) to search for these applications in the Ubuntu repositories.

And another method to install packages in Bodhi Linux is to use the command lines. Since Bodhi is based on Ubuntu, everything that works in Ubuntu will works well in Bodhi. In other words, you can use all the PPAs and installing commands that you learn in Ubuntu to install applications in Bodhi Linux.

Here is a list of some applications that you may need to install in Bodhi:

Web browser: Chromium, Chrome, Firefox, Opera ...
Office: Libre office, Open Office, Abiword
PDF reader: Evince, Adobe reader, Foxit
Image editor: Gimp, Shotwell
Video editor: OpenShot
Multimedia: Deadbeef, VLC, Mplayer...
Chat client: Irssi, weechat, xchat, pidgin, empathy ...
Torrent client: Transmission

3 - Decorate your Bodhi desktop

Everybody, especially Linux users, loves to decorate their desktop. And you wont have your fullest experience with Bodhi without trying to make your Bodhi desktop as beautiful as possible. Bodhi offers its users many things to decorate their desktop, which is listed on the Art Wiki page of the official Bodhi website. On this page, you can find a humongous collection of a lot of things to make your Bodhi desktop the best, from Enlightenment themes, GTK themes, icon themes to wallpapers, conky configs and many other things. And if this huge collection of arts still cannot satisfy you, you still can check from other sources like gnome-look or deviant art.

Note: to change GTK themes and icon themes in Bodhi, you need to install LXappearance first:
 sudo apt-get install lxappearance  

After having LXappearance installed, open the Menu, go to Preferences > Customize Look and Feel to open LXappearance. In the LXappearance window, you can select your favorite gtk theme, cursor theme, icon themes .. for your Bodhi desktop

After finishing decorating your desktop, dont forget to compare to many other beautiful desktops that are listed in the Desktop of the Week page on the Bodhi website. And if you are confident, try to submit your desktop to the Desktop of the Week contest that is held weekly on the Bodhi Linux forum.

4 - Explore and get used to Enlightenment

The last and perhaps most important thing you need to do after installing Bodhi is to explore and get used to Enlightenment, the special desktop environment of Bodhi. The first thing you need to be accustomed to is the menu. In Englightenment, the whole desktop is the menu so you just need to click whenever on the desktop to open the menu. This feature is somewhat similar to OpenBox but in OpenBox, you will right-click to open the menu instead of left-clicking.

Another thing that will be strange to new users is the keybindings. For instance, in Bodhi, when you hit Alt+F4, it will lead you to the fourth workspace in stead of closing the application ( to close an application, you need to use Ctrl + Alt + X). To know more about and customize the keybindings in Bodhi, just open the menu, go to Settings > All > Input > Key and you will be presented to the Keybinding configuration window:

Enlightenment will offer you many things to explore. From a comment in my review article, I discovered that Enlightenment has a built-in tiling feature which works like a tiling window manager. Here is the screenshot of tiling Enlightenment:

To enable this feature, you open the menu, go to Settings > All > Settings > Profiles and choose the tiling profile. There are also other profiles that will be interesting to you as well, here is the screenshot of the fancy profile:

Besides these profiles, Enlightenment also have other intriguing things like the eyecandy effects ( the penguins that you see in the screenshot), the shelf and its plugins ... etc but I wont cover about them in this article because Im still playing with them and I think it's better to let you figure them out.

And if you need to know more about Enlightenment, I recommend you to read the well-documented Enlightenment Guide on the Bodhi website.
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