Bodhi Linux was first announced here on November 16, 2010. The Alpha 0.1.0 release weighed in at 350 MB, and had only Elightenment, Firefox, LXTerminal, Nautilus, Synaptic, and RemasterSYS installed by default. This version was around for all of four days before it was replaced by 0.1.1.
Four days after Bodhi 0.1.0 was announced, version 0.1.1 was released. The only noticeable difference was the addition of a mixer to the panel; the substantial differences were under the hood. Alpha 2 was up for a week, and alpha 3 was up for all of three.
Alpha 3.1 came with a major makeover for the operating system. It was up for two weeks before being replaced by Alpha 4, which featured a new look and a new icon set. Alpha 4 was the current version for twenty-five days, after which Bodhi finally went into beta.
The beta was the first version of Bodhi to offer users a choice of profiles when they installed their system - it was a major step towards the Bodhi we know today. The “laptop,” “desktop,” “bare,” and “fancy” profiles were available in this version. This version was up for three weeks.
The biggest change from Beta to RC 1 was the addition of the “compositing” and “netbook” profiles, and the change from simple “light” and “dark” themes to several different options. This was the latest version for nineteen days.
The second release candidate simplified the profile selection, reducing it to the current two-screen version. It also introduced new themes and a new icon set. It was up for twenty-two days as the latest version.
This was initially supposed to be Bodhi 1.0.0, but due to technical issues ended up being another release candidate. The default browser was changed from Firefox to Midori, and there were minor changes in the themes. This was supplanted by the first stable release of Bodhi after two weeks.
The first stable release of Bodhi featured little change from the third release candidate, except for a revised “desktop” profile and the replacement of Nautilus with PCManFM. However, it was finally stable and polished enough to be called finished, and was the current version for two whole months.
The first revision of Bodhi introduced four new themes and a few software updates, but did not differ majorly way from Bodhi 1.0.
In 1.2, a new profile, “tiling,” and a new kernel were the biggest changes. 1.2 also came with a slew of updated packages and bug fixes.