17.10 Release Notes

Ubuntu Budgie 17.10


Ubuntu Budgie v17.10 (artful) Release: Oct 19th, 2017

New features and enhancements

  • Files (Nautilus) 3.26 with Folder-Color to change color and add emblems to folders
  • Files now come with Various Document Templates available to use
  • Settings (gnome-control-center) has had a stylish makeover
  • GNOME-based apps are now available at the latest upstream version 3.26 (if released)
  • Budgie-welcome now has proper header bars so can move the window!
  • Budgie-welcome now translated now displays in multiple languages thanks to our fantastic transifex  translation team. Superb job to you all. You have done us proud :)
  • One click switch between IBUS and FCITX
  • Replaced GNOME Photos with gThumb
  • Budgie-welcome default settings now have stylish and extended makeovers
  • Budgie-welcome includes new link to the Ubuntu Budgie shop
    • Gadgets, clothing and other items to buy
    • Ubuntu Budgie desktops and All-in-one computers to purchase
  • Budgie-welcome can now install many new third-party budgie applets
    • Global Menu Applet can be added to the panel
  • Budgie-welcome included links to snap and flatpak websites for extra software install options
  • One-click theming has better font support for Material design based themes – fonts are better sized.
  • Budgie Desktop 10.4 uplift from 10.2.9
    • Stylish Alt-Tab support
    • Raven now supports Spotify
    • Switch windows controls to the left or right support
    • Places now supports encrypted volumes and SMB shares and other fixes.
    • Supports customisable date and time display
    • Bottom panel popovers now work without the dreaded “jump down” effect
    • All popovers are now stylishly animated
    • Raven has been restyled – Budgie Settings dialog now introduced
    • Workspace applet completely revamped
    • Budgie Menu revamped – easier to type and find things
    • Support for left and right side panels
    • All panels can now be converted into Docks
    • All panels support transparency for the system theme
    • All panels and docks can now dynamically autohide
  • Night-light and Caffeine (deactivates screensaver) are now shipped as default panel icons
  • Screen lock has had a stylish makeover
  • Move from Terminix to Tilix for the terminal emulator
  • Support Tilix Quake mode – just press F12!
  • Ubuntu 17.10 Community Contest Wallpapers – congrats to all the winners!
  • Added a material design inspired wallpaper – used when using budgie-welcome makeovers.
  • Revamped Panel Icons – stylish support for common applications such as Caffeine and Dropbox
  • login screen changed from lightdm-gtk-greeter to slick-greeter

Issues Resolved:

  • Dropbox icon correctly displayed in the panel
  • GNOME-Control-Settings icons are now accessible via the menu
  • Extra terminals uxterm and xterm are no longer shown in the menu
  • various applications that were should twice in the menu out-of-the-box are now shown just once.
  • Reduced memory idle usage by dropping tracker related applications.
  • Dropped GNOME Contacts, GNOME Documents and GNOME Photos
  • Debian wallpaper is no longer shipped with Ubuntu Budgie
  • Display video thumbnails in Files
  • Disable default Guest Session
  • For legacy BIOS boots, Plymouth now correctly shows the crypt password entry field for when drives are encrypted. Note – you should still avoid EFI Boot full encypted drives since this long running issue across all Ubuntu variants is still broken.
  • Can now remove default installed applications without removing all key budgie desktop applications.
  • Fixes for the AppIndicator applet to not display huge icons such as Steam, menu theming fixes
  • New material design wallpaper which replaces our xenial based wallpaper for material designs. This means faster install times for these makeovers.
  • Slim down the ISO size – we have managed to shrink the ISO from approx 1.5G at 17.04 to 1.3G at 17.10 whilst adding everything above. Magic!


How to upgrade from 17.04 to 17.10

IMPORTANT: remember to double-check you have the following vital package before you upgrade:

sudo apt install ubuntu-budgie-desktop

After the release of 17.10, you will be offered to upgrade when you run Software & Updates.

Alternatively, from a command line run:


For upgrading from the Final Beta:

update-manager -d

Some of the packages that were installed as part of the Ubuntu Budgie backports PPA (ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports) will be uninstalled as part of the upgrade. Use budgie-welcome to reinstall anything that is removed.

If you see the following issue:

Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
Unpacking gir1.2-budgie-1.0 (10.4-1ubuntu4) ...
dpkg: error processing archive /var/cache/apt/archives/gir1.2-budgie-1.0_10.4-1ubuntu4_amd64.deb (--unpack):
trying to overwrite '/usr/lib/girepository-1.0/Budgie-1.0.typelib', which is also in package gir1.2-budgie-desktop-1.0 10.4-0ubuntu0.1
Errors were encountered while processing:
E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)

Run the following:

sudo apt-get -o Dpkg::Options::="--force-overwrite" install gir1.2-budgie
sudo apt -f install
sudo apt update && sudo apt upgrade
sudo apt install --reinstall ubuntu-budgie-desktop budgie-desktop-environment
sudo apt purge gir1.2-budgie-desktop

We recommend removing the following applications to reduce your startup memory usage:

sudo apt purge gnome-contacts gnome-documents gnome-photos tracker

The first time you run budgie-welcome, Tilix Quake mode (press F12) will be automatically enabled.

Please refer to the community wiki for more help:


Also, Ask Ubuntu has an excellent guide to help you upgrade:


Known issues

  • If you find that after the upgrade clicking the menu button crashes the panel, then CTRL+ALT+T to open a terminal then run:nohup budgie-panel –reset –replace &

How to upgrade from 16.04 to 17.10

There is not a direct 16.04 to 17.10 upgrade route. You are recommended to to-do a fresh install – obviously remembering to backup any important documents etc. first.


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