Bodhi Linux 1.2.0 has been out of the gate for a full week now and I must say we are truly pleased with the response we have received. There has been a spike of new users present on our forums and our ISO image has seen over 16,000 downloads in this week's worth of time. We have also garnered more than a little bit of notice on Distro Watch, managing to snag the #1 position for the 7 day time span:
Something you may not know is that unlike many Ubuntu derivatives, Bodhi maintains it's own repositories. While these are vital to our operation they are costly. Our operating costs are now over 100 USD per month. My post today is simply to ask that if you are using Bodhi and like what you see please consider sending us a donation.
Well, that is not all this post is about.
If you've stopped by my blog recently then you may know that I recently acquired a Dell Duo while I waited for my Asus tablet to return to a working state. I'd like to offer a little bit of incentive to send us a donation. Starting today for every 5$ you donate to the Bodhi project your name will be entered (EG: 10$ = 2 entries) in a raffle to have a chance to win a less than one month old Dell Inspiron Duo tablet/netbook hybrid pre-configured with Bodhi Linux. The retail value on this unit is 600$.
Tech Specs on the Unit for those interested:
I will be holding the window for entries open for at least four weeks and we will not select a winner until we have at least 200 entries. Also, please be aware that if you are selected as the winner and shipping costs from Chicago to your home exceed 50$ you will be expected to cover the excess (50$ should be more than enough, but some countries have outrageous import fees). Included with the tablet is the optional speaker dock.
So, if you have been thinking about sending us a donation then now is the right time! Oh, and in case you missed it our donation page can be found here. If you prefer to send a donation via check instead of paypal please contact me directly for my mailing address. When we do select a winner it will be posted on this blog as well.
Finally, in addition to funding the server costs mentioned above for many months, if this donation drive is successful it will also subsidize the cost of a Trim Slice unit to make the development of Bodhi for ARM more practical.