Version (beta 2 draft release notes)
Ubuntu Budgie v17.10 (artful) Final Release: Oct 19th 2017
Important: Work in progress as we move towards 17.10
TBD - add pictures etc ... lets be as elegant and simple with this :)
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 headerbars 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 - 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Plymouth now correctly displays the crypt password entry field for when drives are encrypted.
- 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 1.7GB at 17.04 to 1.3GB at 17.10 whilst adding everything above. Magic!
How to upgrade from 16.10 to 17.04
After the release of 17.04 you will be offered to upgrade when you run Software & Updates.
Alternatively, from a command line run:
For upgrade to the Final Beta:
Packages that were installed as part of the previous PPA (ppa:budgie-remix/ppa) will be uninstalled as part of the upgrade. These packages can be reinstalled via the 17.04 Ubuntu Budgie backports PPA (ppa:ubuntubudgie/backports)
We recommend removing the following applications to reduce your startup memory usage:
sudo apt purge gnome-contacts gnome-documents gnome-photos tracker
Please refer to the community wiki for more help:
Also, Ask Ubuntu has a great guide to help you upgrade:
How to upgrade from 16.04 to 17.10
There is not a direct 16.04 to 17.04 upgrade route. You are recommended to to-do a fresh install - obviously remembering to backup any important documents etc first.