If you’re in the market for a light, Ubuntu-based version of Linux, but have already tried the usual choices, Bohdi Linux may be something to look into. For starters, Bohdi runs on top of the Enlightenment desktop environment. This environment is perfect for this use-case, as Enlightenment uses around 100 MB on average.
In addition to the extremely light desktop environment, the operating system itself takes up very little space. In fact, by default, it only has a few pre-installed apps to use. This makes it perfect for those with low storage space. The operating system has a lot to offer, especially to those with aging or weak computers (or for those that like slim OSes)
SPOILER ALERT: Scroll down and watch the video tutorial at the end of this article.
Making The Live Disk
Getting this operating system installed starts by downloading a few things. To start, go grab the latest ISO image. You’ll also need to grab a USB disk image of about 1 GB in size and the Etcher USB flashing tool.
Note: when downloading the latest Bohdi Linux ISO file, be sure to click on “Torrent” if you can afford to. Doing this instead of a direct download saves bandwidth costs for the developers.
When everything is downloaded, plug in the USB flash drive to your PC, and open up Etcher. To flash, click “Select Image” and browse for the ISO file you downloaded to the PC you are making the USB installer on. Then, click “select drive” and click on the USB drive you’d like to flash the image to. Start the live disk creation process by selecting “Flash!”.
Please keep in mind that burning live disks take a bit of time. Be patient and wait for it to finish. Etcher displays a message when complete.
Booting The Live Disk
Reboot the PC you’re making the Bohdi live disk on and load into the BIOS section of the PC. Using the BIOS interface, go to the bootloader settings. Change the settings so that the BIOS on your PC will load the newly created USB flash drive first, and all other devices after. This is critical because if it is not done, the live installer will not load up.
Understand that each PC is different, and opening the BIOS requires a certain key. Some manufacturers use the F2 key. Others use the delete or escape key. It is best to look into your computer manual and figure out exactly what the key combination is to load into the BIOS.
Installing Bohdi Linux
As the live disc starts up, you’ll see the Bohdi Linux desktop. You’ll also see a web browser open to a guide that tells everything you need to know about Bohdi. Feel free to close this web browser, as we don’t need it during the installation. To start the install process, look at the panel for the Bodhi Linux logo and click on it.
On the first page, the installer tells the user to read the release notes. Release notes cover all the new features and improvements so it’s a good idea to check these out. Once you’re done looking at them, select the correct language on the side-bar, and click “continue” to move on.
On the second page of the installer, Bohdi asks if you’d like to “download updates” while the install process is going on. This isn’t required but will save a lot of time, so we recommend checking this box. Additionally, select “Install third-party software” to make sure that all of your devices get the drivers they need. With both boxes checked, click “Continue” to move on to the third page.
The third step requires choosing the installation type for Bohdi. There are a lot of options, but usually selecting the first option is best. This is due to the fact that the installer can detect and decide exactly what your PC needs.
For example: if you load up Bohdi on a PC with Windows on it, it’ll suggest you install it along. If there are no other operating systems, the first option will say “Erase disk and install Bodhi”, and so on.
When you’ve selected the type of installation you want, click the “Install Now” button to start. The installer will start moving files directly to the hard drive, and start setting everything up. While everything installs, you’ll need to set up things like the username, the time zone, passwords, auto-login, etc.
Go through the dialogs and fill everything out. When you finish filling everything out, the operating system will display a message on the screen that says that the installation is complete.
To exit the Bodhi live disk, click “restart” on the finish message. This will reboot your PC. When it finishes restarting, take out the USB flash drive and use the enter key to boot your new installation.