Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Small, fast, light and easy to customize - we’ve heard it all before - but I’d say that Bodhi Linux has enough individual character to warrant consideration.
Under the hood, Bodhi is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS. I consider this to be a point in its favor as I am wary of smaller distros that are not connected to a bigger, well supported distro. Bodhi comes with only a few applications, and personally, I like this way of doing things. Give me a web browser, a package manager and a few of the other basic tools and I’ll add things as I need them.
Bodhi uses the Enlightenment window manager. When you log in from live media you are presented with a menu that allows you to choose between a composited or software rendered desktop and a few different themes and layouts. Having carried out a hard disk installation, the first log in repeats the procedure, along with a few other last minute, mostly cosmetic options.