Bodhi brings a tablet-friendly Linux OS to the Nexus 7
Ubuntu isn’t the only Linux-based operating system that can run on the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Bodhi Linux developer Jeff Hoogland has piggybacked on Canonica’s work with Ubuntu to offer a tool that lets you install Bodhi on the $199 tablet.
Bodhi Linux uses the light-weight Enlightennment Desktop which, among other things, offers a touchscreen friendly user interface for tablets.
At this point Bodhi for the Nexus 7 is still a work in progress. The touchscreen and user interface works, but audio isn’t fully functional yet.
The operating system includes a touch-friendly app launcher, an Android-like home screen that lets you arrange app icons, and toolbars at the top and bottom of the screen. There’s also an on-screen keyboard.
Unlike Android, however, Bodhi runs desktop-style apps in resizable windows.
Hoogland also offers Bodhi Linux builds for other ARM-based devices including the Raspberry Pi, Samsung Chromebook, and Genesi Smartbook.