Download and Installation
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You can see from the image above that there are different sets of applications including audio, development, icons, themes, images, education etc.
There are also links for different categories of application such as internet tools, games, office etc.
When you click on a link it provides you with the option to install or download the application.
I had issues with both the “Install” and “Download” links. Sometimes there were broken links and other times the Install would just open Chromium without doing anything. The download link would download a .bod file but I was unsure how to load that as double clicking did nothing. After a quick search on Google I found the answer to the problem which was to make the .bod file executable. With the executable flag set it is then possible to double click and install the package.
UPDATE: Jeff Hoogland has notified me in the comments below this post that the install link works if you use the default browser that was installed with Bodhi which is Midori. I felt that this information is important enough to move up into the main article.
At this point I found another little quirk which was to do with the file manager.
As you can see from the image above the file manager goes off the edge of the screen on my netbook and there is no way of resizing it to fit the screen (as far as I know).
UPDATE: In the comments below Jeff Hoogland has stated that the file manager issue is to do with E17 dialogs being optimised for screen resolutions at least 768 pixels high. My netbook only has a height of 600 pixels. Again I think this information is important enough to put into the main article.
The top shelf has a menu on it which is easy to navigate with an applications sub menu that obviously contains applications, a navigate sub menu which enable you to view navigate the file and folder structure.
Then you come to a menu option which says “Run Everything”. Now my instant thought was “Surely not”. Surely there is not a menu option that runs every single application installed on the computer. I was right to think that because “Run Everything” doesn’t run everything at all.
When you click “Run Everything” a small application appears that lets you search through the applications, windows and settings for the whole operating system. Simply start typing the name of the application you wish to find and it will appear in the window and you can launch it.
To load “Run Everything” you don’t just have to choose it from the menu. You can also load it by pressing “Alt” and “Escape”.
On a netbook this function is invaluable. The small dock bar at the bottom only has applications that I use regularly on it. The top shelf is usually hidden behind other applications that are open. To open an application that isn’t on the bottom dock I have to minimise the open applications until the top shelf appears and then navigate through the menu. However by using “Run Everything” I can just use a simple key press and start typing the name of the application I require. For me this is what stands Bodhi out from other Linux distributions on a netbook.
Using a netbook is all about maximising the screen’s real estate and so the less clutter you have the better. Therefore having shelves that hide and an application that can be called upon using a key combination to launch applications is perfect.
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- Android on a netbook
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