Developer Jeff Hoogland has released the first pre-release build of Bodhi Linux 2.0. While there aren’t a ton of new features, Bodhi 2.0 is based on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Up until recently Bodhi was based on the 2-year-old Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.
Among other things, that means there’s now a 64-bit version of Bodhi available for computers that can support it.
Bodhi is a light-weight, customizable operating system which uses the Enlightenment desktop manager. It boots quickly and offers speedy performance on most computers with relatively recent hardware — and should run reasonably well on older computers with 100 MHz or faster CPUs.
When you first boot Bodhi you can choose a layout optimized for tablet, laptop, or desktop computers. There are a few other options too, including “Bare,” and “Fancy.”
The operating system doesn’t come with as many apps preloaded as Ubuntu, but you can use the Synaptic Package Manager to download and install thousands of third party programs.
As a pre-release build, Bodhi Linux 2.0 isn’t recommended for daily use yet. But if you’re looking for a light-weight operating system for an older netbook or other PC, it’s worth checking out.